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Local NHS worker helps win national award

Helen Blee, clinical programme lead for ICT for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, was part of a team which has won a prestigious national award for the use of IT in nursing.

The Leadership for Informed Practice Programme, developed by the Department of Health with the support of facilitators across the UK, won the eHealth Insider Chief Clinical Information Officer award for clinical IT leadership. The award was sponsored by Intersystems.

Helen, who is based at Norwich's Hellesdon Hospital, facilitated the three-day programme in the North East, Manchester and the North West. The programme was aimed at senior nurses at assistant director level. It consisted of one day a week for three weeks and covered issues such as the changing informatics landscape in clinical care, how technology is used to improve patient care and increasing use of social media. It used a variety of learning styles, including presentations, workshops, group work, work theory and tactile tasks. The programme was designed in summer 2011 and rolled out between September 2011 and July this year.

Nationally 300 nurses have taken part and Helen facilitated approximately 60 of these.

Helen then developed a two-day version, Bright iiis, for clinical team leaders in June, tailored for the Norfolk and Suffolk Trust.

She attended the awards ceremony at the Connaught Rooms in London on 4 October, along with the Department of Health's Dr Susan Hamer, Director of Nursing and Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, and Anne Cooper, National Clinical Lead for Nursing.

Helen said: "I am delighted to receive recognition for this innovative programme of work which shows the potential of senior nurses to be involved in using information and IT to improve to support patient care."

National Clinical Director Dr Charles Gutteridge said: "This award is great news and recognition for the work the team has done. It is a great example of clinical leadership, helping to deliver health informatics in the community and in the world of hospitals and clinical practice."