It was great to meet Deputy Director of the East Suffolk & North Essex Foundation Trust ICT team, Darren Atkins at the NHS Parliamentary Awards in Westminster this week.
I nominated Darren and his team for an award in the Future NHS category for their work in tackling inefficiencies through technology. One example of this is their efforts in developing virtual robots, which work behind the scenes to cancel and reallocate outpatient appointments. Since this time last year, virtual robots have given 3,800 hours back to the workforce, that’s 101 weeks’ worth of time to spend supporting patients.
Whilst the team didn’t win, considering there were over 600 nominations, making the final shortlist is a real achievement. Darren and his team are true NHS heroes.