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New digital app to help Cystic Fibrosis patients manage their condition wins prestigious award

CFHealthHub, a digital learning health system created to transform care for patients with Cystic Fibrosis, has been announced as regional winner of The Future NHS Award for North East and Yorkshire at the NHS Parliamentary Awards.

Developed by researchers at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, CFHealthHub helps patients with Cystic Fibrosis monitor their condition using real-time data collected from their nebuliser and transferred to an app on their phone. It has also enabled clinicians and researchers to better understand medication use in people with Cystic Fibrosis because the data is visible in every consultation.

The Future NHS Award recognises the teams use of data and digital technology to provide more convenient access to services and information for patients, as well as improved support for staff.

Dr Martin Wildman, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and Adult Cystic Fibrosis at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and lead researcher for CFHealthHub, said: “We are delighted that CFHealthHub has been recognised as regional winner for the Future NHS Award this year. It is a credit to our fantastic team who, by embracing advances in medical technology and data, have helped thousands of patients build their confidence in managing a long-term condition like Cystic Fibrosis. As clinicians, we want to reduce the burden of self-care on our patients and make it as easy as possible for them to stay fit and healthy. We hope that the success of CFHealthHub will promote a culture change in the NHS which can be developed and refined for other long-term health conditions.”

Olivia Blake, MP for Sheffield Hallam, who nominated CFHealthHub for the award said: “Huge congratulations to the Sheffield team for all their hard work, innovation and care with compassion. I am so glad your work has been recognised.”

Over 700 nominations were submitted for the NHS Parliamentary Awards this year, with regional winners selected by panels of senior regional NHS representatives for their dedication to the health service and to people they care for in their communities.

As regional winners for North East and Yorkshire, the team are now shortlisted for the national award which will be presented during a special ceremony on 6th July as part of the NHS 74th birthday week.