A project that allows women in north Cumbria to be the first in the Country to have access to digital maternity notes won two awards in the prestigious APM Project Management Awards in London last night. 

The maternity information system went live in April 1st 2019 and enables women to have their care record in the palm of their hand, enabling women to track their journey and contains information about their pregnancy and baby’s development.

The implementation of the information system was supported by the project management office who entered the awards under the ‘social project of the year’ category after calculating that the project saved 15.2 tonnes on CO2 emissions from the environment every year from the 1.4 million sheets per year of paper reduction. 



Beating off competition from high calibre industry, the team also then went on to win the overall project of the year.

Julie Haigh, digital midwife at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust received the awards with colleagues from the project management office.  She said, “It’s just a huge honour, we had some really tough competition the judges told us how impressed they were with our project management office and how much energy they felt from the maternity teams.  Our success is only possible because of the clinical commitment to improving communication and safety for the women in north Cumbria.”

Mark Jones, Chief Information Officer for the North Cumbria Health & Care System said, “It is a wonderful achievement for North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and shows what can be done when projects are not just implemented by Information Technology teams but are people shaped, clinically led and digitally enabled.  To win social project of the year would have been fantastic on its own for the great benefits it has given the women of north Cumbria but to also win overall project of the year in such a strong field of private and public sector organisations is truly outstanding.  It is so positive that such recognition has been given to our Digital Midwife, our Maternity service and our digital teams.”

The first baby born using entirely digital maternity notes in north Cumbria was born in July at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

There were a large number of staff behind the win including all midwifery teams and clinical services within the acute and children's settings, along with support services including digital healthcare, health records and outpatients to deliver the project.  It was a truly multi-disciplinary approach.

To see the full list of winners visit https://www.apm.org.uk/apm-awards/

To find out more about the project visit our website.  

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