Grant awarded for NHS drugs audit software developer

We Love Surveys chief executive Helen Dargie

Loughborough-based We Love Surveys has been awarded an Innovate UK grant to develop drugs audit software for the healthcare industry.

The company is working with the NHS to launch Drugs Audit, a platform to digitalise clinical drugs audits.

We Love Surveys said its platform will transform the process of auditing controlled drugs in hospitals and contribute to the NHS paperless target by removing the need for paper audits.

The company added that initial prototypes have received positive feedback from users in a number of NHS trusts, identifying benefits, such as time-saving for the pharmacy teams, increased data accuracy, reduction in manual workload, and improvements in data reporting and analytics.

Sunil Dabasia, an early adopter of the prototype in his previous role as principal pharmacist at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Drugs Audit have met the issues we were facing with audits, giving us more time to focus on clinical activity. We can maintain the legislative requirements of the process, for example capturing a signature, because it’s a legal document. We don’t have to chase people because the system knows how many audits have been done, how many are pending, and it creates a report any time of day, minute by minute, whenever you want.”

We Love Surveys chief executive Helen Dargie said: “I am so proud of the concept we have developed in partnership with a selection of the best NHS trusts and pharmacists in the country. The grant from Innovate UK means that we can make significant steps forward in turning our prototype into reality and really start to solve everyday challenges that our NHS pharmacy colleagues are facing.”

We Love Surveys is based at Loughborough University’s Enterprise and Science Park.

Date published: January 20, 2021

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