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Two Cumbrian GPs Recognised as Top Innovators by National Health Service Journal

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Two Cumbrian GPs Recognised as Top Innovators by National Health Service Journal

Posted on Wednesday 5th November 2014


Two GPs from Cumbria are celebrating after being included in the top 50 greatest innovators in the NHS published by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) for their work to improve outcomes for patients. 

Dr William Lumb based at Sedbergh Medical Practice is also the Chief Clinical Information Officer for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and has been included in the HSJ’s top 50 for his work on improving IT and the use of technology across Cumbria. 

He is currently leading a number of projects including one called STRATA that has been developed to provide a common IT platform for all the providers in Cumbria to use.  It is currently the largest virtual programme in the NHS and allows NHS organisations, Cumbria County Council and the Third Sector to communicate online enabling a patient pathway from health through to social care to be planned.  The judges commented that Dr Lumb is leading from the front on the use of data and getting things done. 

Dr Lumb said: “I am a firm believer that technology can really make a difference in improving patient care.  I am currently working on a number of projects to improve the use of technology that will ultimately be a benefit to patients.  We are leading the way in Cumbria and it is something that should be celebrated.  I am very pleased that the work already achieved so far has been acknowledged and I am looking forward to driving forward the integration of STRATA and other systems across all the organisations in Cumbria.”

Dr Muhammad Farhan Amin of Burnett Edgar Medical Centre on Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness was also included in the top 50 innovators as he is the founder of Patient Memoirs.  Dr Amin has developed the online community that helps patients help each other understand their health conditions and develop ways of living a happy, healthier life.  Patients are invited to video and share their health stories to support and motivate others going through the same experience.  The aim of Patient Memoirs is to encourage people to educate each other that will empower them in leading a healthy and happy life.  The judges commented that the work Dr Amin is doing is really interesting and ground breaking and he is really out there on the edge. 

Commenting on why he thinks Patient Memoirs has been so successful, Dr Amin said: “I believe that every patient has a unique life story which can inspire us all.  The website allows patients around the world to share their life stories with their fellow patients via videos.  Evidence indicates that empowering patients to discuss their conditions, problems and solutions with their peers has positive effects on their quality of life and I believe that this approach also has therapeutic benefits.”

For more information about Patient Memoirs check out www.patientmemoirs.com|

The HSJ’s Top Innovators in the NHS celebrates 50 great examples of innovation, from people who have had a light bulb moment through to those whose work over many years has revolutionised how challenges in healthcare have been tackled.  Further details and the full list of top 50 innovators in the NHS can be found on the website at www.hsj.co.uk|

Posted on Wednesday 5th November 2014


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