What are we doing?
We are aiming to explore the introduction of a three-dimensional (3D) camera into a small community-based nursing team. Specifically we will:
- Investigate the process of introducing digital innovation into community nursing via the introduction of 3D camera software in a pilot project.
- Explore the community nurses’ views of the barriers and facilitators to using the camera in practice.
This project is in collaboration between National Institute for Health Research Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Greater Manchester (NIHR CLAHRC GM), Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Connected Health Cities Greater Manchester.
Why is it important?
The exploration of the barriers and facilitators to introducing new technology into community-based clinical wound care services will provide useful insights for technology piloted within NHS clinical services.
Recent advances in electronic data collection and new wound assessment technology have the potential to improve patient care and produce better quality information. However, a limited uptake of technological innovations is often reported (Bentley et al., 2014; Wade et al., 2014). Therefore, it is important to explore why technology-based interventions do or do not become adopted within practice.
Currently community-based wound care specialists photograph patients’ wounds to assist with individual care (Wounds UK, 2016). Six community nurses from the Bury Wound Care Lymphedema Service within Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust are taking part in this study and will pilot the Wound Care Lite software on Panasonic Toughpads with patients with different types of wounds.
How will we do it?
We will facilitate a pilot of new 3D camera software with a clinical team that works directly with patients in clinics and their own homes’, we document the pathway to implementing the software, how the technology is incorporated and barriers and facilitators to use.
Who we are working with?
- Connected Health Cities
- University of Manchester/Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre
- Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust