CfH “to learn” from nurse disquiet over IT programme

Connecting for Health, the organisation in charge of the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT, has pledged to learn from a survey that showed nurses losing faith in IT developments.

Connecting for Health, the organisation in charge of the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT, has pledged to learn from a survey that showed nurses losing faith in IT developments.

The Royal College of Nursing’s survey of nearly 4,500 nurses found that only four out of 10 believed current IT developments were a good use of NHS money – fewer than the 43% who disagreed. The level of dissatisfaction was nearly four times higher than the 2004 figure of 11%.

Nurses also echoed concerns raised by doctors that they had not been sufficiently consulted over IT plans.

CfH’s national clinical lead for nurses, Barbara Stuttle, responded by saying that nurses were “fundamental” to the IT programme and “ensuring IT benefits patients and supports professional practice”.

She said, “We are learning from the results of the survey. We hope that, through our work [with the RCN and other nursing bodies] we can improve the results for next year by being proactive in working with and engaging in the design and implementation of IT.”

CfH had planned a “visioning day” with the nursing union, to “address issues and concerns improve and strengthen our engagement with nurses in partnership with professional nursing organisations”, she added.


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