Government launches £100m technology pot for nurses

The government is providing £100m in technology for nurses and midwives in a move designed to free up time with patients 

The government is providing £100m in technology for nurses and midwives in a move designed to free up time to spend with patients. 

Organisations will be issued guidelines on how to make bids for the funding, which could include technologies such as digital pens and handheld mobile devices.

The NHS will be loaned cash to fund these new technologies and expected to pay up to half the amount back.

However, organisations that receive positive feedback from patients in the government’s new Friends and Family Test, which asks whether patients would recommend their place of care, will not have to repay any of the loan.

An additional £40m will be also made available for extra leadership training to skill up the next generation of nursing and midwifery leaders.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "Most nurses and midwives chose their profession because they wanted to spend time caring for patients, not filling out paperwork. New technology can make that happen. That's better for nurses and patients too, who will get quicker information and more face-to-face time with NHS staff.”

A spokeswoman from the Department of Health said the funding would be made available next year.

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