Regional Innovation Fund (RIF)
The Regional Innovation Fund provided support to promote the adoption of innovation and the spread of best practice across the NHS. NHS England took over the management of the RIF in 2013 and ran two consecutive calls for 2013/14 and 2014/15 years funding 87 projects in total. The last funding call for projects closed in May 2014.
Video Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic
|As a tertiary referral centre for the South West of England, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust found 40% of patients were travelling large distances to attend hospital for treatment (more than an hour each way).|
40% of patients also had to take a further half day or more off work to attend their appointment, and found parking difficult and expensive. The trust was keen to demonstrate that we can use low cost video conferencing software to facilitate “rapid” roll out across multiple sites. This approach meant that we need minimal investment in hardware and can use clinic space flexibly around the other demands on our services. The trust has invested in a dedicated, secure version of the WebEx Video Conferencing Software (Cisco Systems) which is run from our own servers and was used in this project.
Key learning points
"I was very pleased to be part of the video pre op assessment. Everything worked well and I saved a great deal of time. I hope it becomes a regular routine."
Award Value: £20,130
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