Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust deploys camera health monitoring technology to improve UK dementia care
One of the UK's largest NHS Trusts deploys Oxehealth’s video analytics technology to improve care for dementia patients
Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT) and Oxehealth today announced a pioneering partnership to deploy camera-based health and activity monitoring technology, for the first time, to monitor and optimise treatment of dementia patients at its Stanley and Pembleton Dementia wards at the Manor Hospital in Nuneaton.
CWPT is collaborating with Oxehealth to deploy its unique software, which turns digital video cameras into health monitors, further to improve the quality of care for vulnerable dementia patients and support staff workflows. Oxehealth's unique system will support the Trust to manage the risk of patient falls by reporting on a number of activities, including when vulnerable patients have got in and out of bed, enabling staff to intervene before a fall occurs.
In addition, this partnership will explore how Oxehealth’s vital signs and other activity monitoring solutions could further improve patient care and support staff in their duties. Oxehealth will work hand in hand with clinicians to identify the unique needs of patients and clinicians, and will adapt the technology accordingly.
The partnership will include deployment of the prototype software in 12 bedrooms in wards focused on the care of elderly dementia patients for 18 months. During this period, Oxehealth and CWPT will develop workflow solutions on the Stanley and Pembleton Dementia wards and will work towards customising the technology for further wards across the Trust.
CWPT provides a wide range of mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages through in-patient, community and day clinics, as well as specialist services. The Trust has nearly 300 residential beds covering a range of different patient groups including elderly dementia, specialist assessment and treatment for adolescents, adult acute admission and psychiatric intensive care and a range of units for children.
"Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with Oxehealth to introduce ground breaking technology which, we believe, will lead to significant improvement in patient care." said Tracey Wrench, Chief Nurse and Interim Operations Director for CWPT. "We are very proud of the innovative techniques and approaches being used by the clinical team at the Trust to further patient safety and care. This collaboration with Oxehealth is a great example of this."
"We're excited to be deploying into dementia care for the first time. This investment from CWPT will mean Oxehealth working in close partnership with the clinical team to ensure we develop the optimum health monitoring technology solutions for their elderly patients," said Hugh Lloyd-Jukes, CEO of Oxehealth. "We are delighted that CWPT's clinicians are working with us to explore the huge benefits optical sensors can offer in these environments, including optimising patient care and, we hope, shortening in-patient stays. We will be working hard to empower CWPT's clinicians and carers to support their mission to advance patient care, clinical teaching and innovation.”
Two successful trials at Broadmoor Psychiatric hospital have demonstrated the effectiveness of Oxehealth's technology in monitoring patients in secure mental health hospitals. Oxehealth is continuing to work with a number of mental health services and welcomes further opportunities to deploy its products through research collaborations visits and pilot partnerships.
The partnership and technology deployment between CWPT and Oxehealth will run for an initial 18 months and falls within a Research Ethics Committee approved research study.