Health and social care 2016

Perfect Patient Pathway - NHS specific testbed

Sheffield, UK


NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospital; Sheffield Health and social care; Sheffield Children's NHS; NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group


Monitoring and communication technology

One of the testbeds under the NHS testbeds programme, facilitating the Digital Care Home Project which enables care home staff to use equipment for monitoring information for residents electronically and communicate with community nursing teams or local GPs to identify the best course of action if they see early signs of patient deterioration.

What was tested

Monitoring and communication technology

Testbed purpose

The purpose is to improve the patient pathway to bring substantial benefits for patients suffering from long term health conditions such as diabetes, mental health problems, respiratory disease, hypertension and other chronic conditions. The Wave 1 test bed offered new solutions to keep patients with long term conditions well, independent and avoiding crisis points which often resulted in hospital admission, intensive rehabilitation and a high level of social care support.


10 care home partners are testing various forms of the technology.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Make public services better and more efficient

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