WORKFORCE: Central London Community Healthcare Trust has issued 181 smart phones to staff in areas such as physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy after a trial showed multiple benefits.

Staff have been able access patient records remotely, order equipment while patients are present, and check emails.

A trust report said: “During the evaluation of device usage for clinicians, it was established that 50 per cent of benefits came from clinicians using devices to access the care record.”

The trust has also given a smartphones to 300 district nurses