Digital Clinical Handbook

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Overview summary:
Birmingham Community Healthcare (BCHC) NHS Foundation Trust have created an interactive PDF version of the Trust Clinical Handbook for use on smart devices.

To save the recurring cost of reprinting to keep the handbook up-to-date, and to keep up with the demand of the digitally enabled workforce, this tool has now been converted to an interactive PDF that can be accessed on smart devices. Examples of procedures included in the handbook are Sepsis screening tool, Resuscitation flow chart, Urine Colour chart, and normal blood values.

Challenge identified and actions taken :
The Clinical Handbook with one-page clinical guidelines on various procedures has historically been printed in a physical hand book. It was found that there was a large recurring cost associated with this and it was difficult to ensure that clinicians were up to date and has acess to the guidelines in a managable format.
Impacts / outcomes:
BCHC has seen a considerable reduction in the printing costs of producing a physical handbook. The has been estimated in the region of £5-8000.
Which local or national clinical or policy priorities does this innovation address:
Long term sustainability of the NHS - Paperless NHS
Plans for the future:
After a 6-month period of evaluation, the need to create an App with the additional functionalities of user statistics and remote content updating will be considered.

This handbook can be tailored for use in other Trusts and we would like to share this with other organsiations. Provided that the cost of changing the contents to fit the needs of your Trust are covered and that BCHC copy-rights are mentioned and respected we are willing to openly share this. This means that you will be permitted to use the branding of your own Trust on the handbook, alongside BCHC's logo and branding.
Contact for further information:
Hamid Zolfagharinia, BSc, MSc, MIPEM, CSci
Innovation Manager
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