The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Children’s Hospital launches new digital ways of working

12 October 2021

The Leeds Children’s Hospital has launched a number of new ways of working, aiming to reduce manual effort, improve data accuracy, and ultimately improve the care provided for children and young people.

In July, the team introduced ePAWS, a new way of monitoring paediatric patients. Paediatric Advanced Warning Score (PAWS) is an alert system which helps to identify paediatric patients at risk of deterioration, using the patient’s clinical observations to recommend a response and next steps.

Until recently, scores were calculated manually and recorded on a paper chart. The new system uses the mobile version of the Trust’s electronic health record, PPM+, to record clinical observations, calculate PAW scores, and record any related interventions. This reduces the potential for manual error, providing fast, easy access to real-time information, automating the display of results and task reminders.

The team has also introduced a new height and weight e-form in PPM+. This also replaces a paper based method, meaning clinical colleagues can use PPM+ to record and track paediatric patient’s growth, allowing them to monitor and spot any trends over time. This ensures growth charts become an integral part of the electronic health record and can be easily and quickly accessed by clinical colleagues across the organisation.

Celia McKenzie, Head of Nursing at Leeds Children’s Hospital said “These two projects are the first of a number of digitisation projects in Leeds Children’s Hospital. We’re really embracing digital because it can make a big difference, helping reduce manual effort and time taken to complete paperwork, improve data accuracy, and ultimately improve the care we provide for children and young people.”

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Emily Plummer - Staff Nurse, Ward L40, Leeds Children's Hospital using PPM+ on a mobile device