Synopsis Blog

Synopsis is delighted to announce that it has been named as a finalist in the ‘HealthTech Partnership of the Year’ category at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2022, alongside Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Since its deployment across the Worcestershire Trust in January 2020, Synopsis has been supporting the Trust to increase pre-operative capacity and enable patients to see the right nurse at the right time. The Synopsis Home digital pre-operative questionnaire is sent electronically to patients who are awaiting elective surgery at the Alexandra, Kidderminster or Worcestershire Royal Hospitals, allowing them to complete it at home in their own time.

Around 1,000 patients a month will receive a link to complete the health questionnaire, with the results then sent to the Synopsis iQ digital pre-operative assessment solution, where pre-operative department staff can triage, and process patients accordingly based on the answers provided.

Whilst the initial rollout of the system started in January 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of reducing face-to-face appointments where possible to support social distancing and infection prevention measures, as well as providing patients with greater convenience.

Rachel Foley, Clinical Benefits and Change Lead at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘We’re thrilled this project has been recognised by the HSJ Partnership Awards. We would like to thank the panel for recognising the dedication of our hard-working team in developing and evaluating a clinically lead digital innovation that can improve the patient experience throughout our hospitals.”

“Through changing our pathway to surgery with Synopsis, earlier pre-operative assessments interventions allow the team to identify patients at high risk of being unfit for their operation and intervene sooner and with more effective medical input to ensure they stand the very best chance of their surgery going ahead.”

Vikki Lewis, Chief Digital Officer at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “Synopsis iQ is another great example of how digital innovations within our organisation are having a profoundly positive impact on our patients, their families and their overall experience of care in our hospitals.

“We are delighted that it has been recognised for such a prestigious awards and is getting the credit it deserves.”

“To successfully implement this during the COVID pandemic is a credit to the team involved and their commitment and dedication to putting patients first.”

Despite the demanding circumstances of the past 2 years, over 190 entries have been received for this year’s HSJ Partnership Awards.

The judging panel for the HSJ awards is once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including Dr Matt Aiello (National Programmes Lead, Education Reform, Health Education England); Dr Elena Bechberger (National Programme Director – LVHC Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement); Claire Igoe (Head of Environmental Sustainability – Manchester University FT) and Vinice Thomas (Director of Nursing and Quality, NHS England and NHS Improvement).

Following the intense and in-depth judging process, Synopsis and the Worcestershire Trust have been shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held next year on 24 March 2022.