The MERIT programme awarded for innovation

The MERIT programme was amongst nominees at this year’s Leading Healthcare Awards, which celebrate digital innovation across the health sector, and highlight the organisations that are using technology to improve patient care and working practice.

The programme won the Case Study of the Year category, having demonstrated how its activity had saved hundreds of thousands of pounds across the West Midlands.

The MERIT programme has developed technology that allows clinicians at four NHS trusts in the West Midlands to access to service users’ mental health records, make more efficient use of inpatient beds and reduce the incidence of out-of-area placements.

Speaking on behalf of the partnership, James Reed, Chief Clinical Information Officer at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We work hard to improve our use of technology so that our service users get the best care, so it’s a real honour for us to have received this level of recognition at these prestigious awards.”