Kent Community Health NHS Trust is deploying a new work system among its 5,400 staff to support mobile working.

The trust is using the Advanced Community healthcare platform from Advanced Health & Care as part of a minimum three-year contract.

KCHT will be using the system to deliver integrated care in the community, helping to improve patient services and deliver efficiencies. Advanced Community will be rolled out in a phased approach across all services, across multiple sites over the next two years.

Advanced Community will replace multiple paper and electronic-based systems and will be used for referral management, care planning, assessments, patient records, bed management appointment booking and more.

Eldon Macarthur, head of ICT operations and telecommunications at KCHT, said: "Our clinicians are excited about Advanced Community because it will provide a joined-up approach to care. It will also free up administration time and cut duplication of effort, allowing clinicians to see more patients and spend longer with patients during visits."

Advanced Community includes purpose built mobile applications and mobile workforce management solutions, enabling the secure retrieval, recording and reporting of patient information from anywhere and at anytime. Clinicians will be able to deliver care assessments and care plans, effectively manage treatments and book in and out of appointments - all via Advanced's iNurse mobile application.

The iNurse app is designed to minimise clinical risk because staff across different areas are able to share records across multiple disciplines, giving a holistic view of patients.

The app also promises to provide a reduction in return visits to base, allowing for more time to be spent visiting patients. In many cases this will be up to one hour per day per community clinician, said KCHT.