Royal Wolverhampton streamline their Stroke data collection with Silverlink’s CaptureStroke performance improvement solution

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has recently gone live with CaptureStroke, Silverlink Software’s market leading care performance system for stroke services.

CaptureStroke offers Trusts full ownership of their data and real-time analytics to understand and measure performance throughout the care pathway. Designed in close collaboration with clinicians, CaptureStroke offers users intuitive workflows, facilitating paperless and mobile working, leading to better patient outcomes and proven return on investment, efficiency savings and improved SSNAP audit performance.

“We are really looking forward to gaining enhanced insights into the excellent patient care we deliver, as well as using CaptureStroke to enrich this care through its features such as real-time care breach notifications and performance dashboards,” said Emily Worth, Stroke and Information Officer at New Cross Hospital.

“By removing the need for multiple, often paper based, data collection methods and centralising this in one easy to use and readily accessible system, we aim to provide our staff with the tools they need to seamlessly record the high level of patient care we provide at the Trust, whilst also using the data we are capturing to accurately and efficiently scrutinise service delivery,” continued Worth.

CaptureStroke is proven to improve Stroke Services and patient outcomes, saving staff time by eliminating data duplication, and integrates with existing Trust IT. The CaptureStroke system offers a modern paperless solution that can be used on mobile devices, tablets and desktops, facilitating real-time data input and output, delivering full stroke service insights, across the whole pathway through intuitive dashboards and reports, helping drive service improvement and better outcomes for the patient.

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest acute and community providers in the West Midlands having more than 800 beds on the New Cross site. It also has 80 rehabilitation beds at West Park Hospital and 54 beds at Cannock Chase Hospital. As the second largest employer in Wolverhampton, the Trust employs more than 8,000 staff.

Silverlink has been a leading software supplier to the NHS for over 20 years, and design solutions based on an in-depth knowledge of NHS processes and requirements. Working in close collaboration with clinicians, Silverlink offers intuitive, intelligent data solutions that facilitate paperless and mobile working that goes beyond basic SSNAP reporting requirements for meaningful insights into Stroke care delivery

To read more about CaptureStroke and Silverlink’s Capture Suite of software solutions, please visit

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Increase your SSNAP performance with CaptureStroke

CaptureStroke - SilverlinkSilverlink Software’s CaptureStroke system has long been providing Trusts with a method of recording their data in a timely manner, and of using real-time insights into this data to empower their Stroke service to increase performance and enhance patient care.

This has never been more evident than in the latest publicly shared results of the Royal College of Physician’s SSNAP audit, where two sites using CaptureStroke have increased their overall grading by two bands, one site moving from Band E to Band C, and another from Band D to Band B. With the audit domains examining areas across the Stroke pathway, for Trusts to improve by such a margin is evidence of improved performance across many different care areas, as well the benefits of having a single point of data collection and analysis, and a simple way of providing verified, timely data to the SSNAP team.

If you would like to know more about how CaptureStroke can assist your Trust to increase SSNAP performance, while delivering powerful insights and improving service delivery, please visit our product website at or email for more information.

Silverlink to attend the Welsh Stroke Conference – 3 & 4 July 2017

Held at the All Nations Centre in Cardiff, the Welsh Stroke Conference is one of the biggest multidisciplinary events in Wales. With around 300 delegates expected to attend, and organised on behalf of the Welsh Association of Stroke Physicians and the Welsh Stroke Alliance, the event is now in its 16th year and is a significant fixture in the educational calendar for Stroke in the UK.

The programme for the two day conference features talks from key speakers covering many topics including how research has driven improvements in Stroke care, improving recognition and management of AF and driving after Stroke, as well as a Stroke survivor sharing their story with delegates.

Tom Crosthwaite, Silverlink’s Customer Development Consultant, will be attending the event along with Allyson James, Independent Nurse Consultant, and Luke Appleton, Sales Consultant. The team will be on our demonstration stand on both days to showcase the latest developments to our CaptureStroke software and discussing achievements made by our current Capture users.

In addition to our exhibition stand, Silverlink has partnered with our users at Cwm Taf University Health Board to create an abstract for the event, celebrating the successes of the system since its implementation there in July 2016. Our poster can be viewed at Board 5 for the duration of the event and Tom will be there to discuss this with delegates and take any questions during the formal poster tour at 13.30 on Day 2.

“We’re really excited to be returning to the Welsh Stroke Conference after a fantastic level of interest in CaptureStroke at the 2016 event. It’s great to be taking part this year not only as exhibitors, but also with our abstract poster created in conjunction our users at Cwm Taf UHB and detailing the improvements seen in their Stroke service since their implementation of CaptureStroke. To be able to celebrate the success they have experienced with the delegates will be fantastic and we are looking forward to sharing their story with the attendees,’’ said Tom.

Registration for the event is still available and more details can be found here.

Tom, Ally and Luke would love to see you on our stand at the Welsh Stroke Conference and ahead of the event. To read more about CaptureStroke and Silverlink’s Capture Suite of software solutions, please visit

Silverlink’s partner iMDsoft to attend Digital Healthcare – 28 & 29 June 2017

Silverlink’s partner iMDsoft, a leading provider of Clinical Information Systems, will be attending Digital Healthcare, London on 28th and 29th June 2017.

Held at London ExCeL, Digital Healthcare is an annual event for all stakeholders tasked with delivering an interoperable, patient centred healthcare system that meets the needs of an ageing population. Digital Healthcare is focused on giving attendees the practical tools and information they need to embrace digital transformation across the entire health and care sector.

The two day event is made up of expert speakers, panels and exhibitors where more than 5,500 senior healthcare IT professionals from NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS), Local Authorities, GP Federations and NHS England will be able to take part in discussions and network amongst each other to exchange best practice and gain insight and inspiration.

 iMDsoft will be joining other leading digital healthcare suppliers in showcasing their MetaVision EPR at Stand J11.

“We are excited to showcase how our innovative MetaVision EPR can digitise the patient journey across the hospital and produce one integrated patient record with our clinical wrapper, enhanced by proven PAS and Document Management technology. We provide a high level of clinical expertise, informed by our 20 years of critical care experience,” said Shahar Sery, Executive Vice President of iMDsoft.

iMDsoft has a proven track record of successful integration with other hospital systems and medical devices. The organisation offers a scalable model that allows Trusts to add capabilities at their pace and as their budget allows. Once more, they build the system department by department – reducing the burden of one large go-live by breaking down the project into smaller, more manageable implementations.

 More details about Digital Health 2017 can be found here.

To read more about iMDsoft and their partnership with Silverlink, please visit

Silverlink will be attending the British Fertility Society Study Week – 21st & 22nd June in London

Taking place at the Millennium Hotel & Conference Centre, London, the British Fertility Society (BFS) Study Week showcases the very latest practice from experts in the field, and attracts up to 200 fertility professionals from the UK and beyond. The training week programme offers delegates the chance to network, learn and exchange ideas across specialised topics, facilitating high-quality interaction and knowledge sharing.

The Study Week agenda includes sessions regarding Effective Fertility Services and Pelvic Ultrasound, PGD/PGS, Male fertility, Fertility Preservation, Nurses Study Day, Modern Families and ET/IUI, and the team from Silverlink Software Limited (Silverlink) are pleased to be joining delegates on June 21st and 22nd to demonstrate our CaptureFertility system on Stand 1.

CaptureFertility is Silverlink’s next generation digital clinic management solution that closely integrates with associated authoritative systems such as the PAS or EPR and witnessing solutions. CaptureFertility is the latest specialist clinical offering, designed in close collaboration with leading clinicians and experts, to address the unique and highly specialised requirements of fertility patients and services. In addition to facilitating compliance with the latest 2017 HFEA regulations and submission requirements, CaptureFertility also forms part of Silverlink’s best-of-breed modular solution portfolio. Silverlink has been a leading software supplier to the NHS for over 20 years’ and designs solutions based on in-depth knowledge of NHS and specialist clinical processes and requirements.

Rob Dixon, Capture Product Manager for Silverlink will be attending, along with Customer Development Consultant, Tom Crosthwaite and Sales Consultant, Luke Appleton.

“We are looking forward to showcasing our next generation CaptureFertility solution and highlighting the benefits and efficiency savings it can deliver to modern fertility clinics. Please come and visit us on Stand 1 to find out more,’’  said Rob Dixon, Capture Product Manager.

More details regarding the event can be found here.

To read more about CaptureFertility and Silverlink’s Capture Suite of software solutions, please visit

Silverlink to attend Joining Forces 2017 – 15 June 2017

Silverlink will be attending Joining Forces 2017, the annual South West Stroke Event, on Thursday 15th June 2017.

Held at the Sandy Park Conference Centre in Exeter, the day is tailored to Stroke clinicians and healthcare professionals in the South West of England, providing delegates with the opportunity to share best practice and research. Around 300 delegates are expected to attend the event.

The programme for the day features talks from key speakers covering topics including Stroke Rehabilitation, Managing Aphasia & a session on assessing risk in TIA, chaired by Allyson James who recently retired from her position of Stroke Nurse Practitioner at Royal Cornwall Hospital and is now working with Silverlink as a Specialist Nurse Consultant.

Tom Crosthwaite, Silverlink’s Customer Development Consultant, will be attending the event along with Allyson, to showcase the latest developments to our CaptureStroke software.

“We’re really excited to be attending the Joining Forces event for the third year running, and to have Allyson with us for the first time. We have worked closely with the Royal Cornwall Hospital since their implementation of CaptureStroke, and we are both looking forward to sharing the story of their success with the delegates in attendance. We are also looking forward to meeting staff from other hospital sites in the South West and gaining an understanding of how we might be able to help improve their stroke data collection and real-time service management reporting as we have with Royal Cornwall,’’ said Tom.

Registration for the event is still available and more details can be found here.

To read more about CaptureStroke and Silverlink’s Capture Suite of software solutions, please visit

Silverlink to attend the Northern Ireland Stroke Conference – 13 June 2017

Silverlink is happy to once again be attending the Northern Ireland Stroke Conference, Belfast on Tuesday 13th June 2017.

Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and attracting over 200 attendees, the event allows delegates to be part of the ongoing development of Stroke services in Northern Ireland, as well as discovering the latest innovations and industry developments across the full stroke care pathway.

The one day event is made up of six conference sessions, each one focused on a different aspect of stroke care, and over 20 expert speakers and researchers giving talks on the very latest research and service improvements.

Tom Crosthwaite, Silverlink’s Customer Development Consultant, will be on Stand 11 throughout the event along with Sales Consultant Luke Appleton, showcasing the latest developments to our CaptureStroke software.

“We’re really excited to be returning to the Northern Ireland Stroke Conference after the unprecedented level of interest in CaptureStroke at the UK Stroke Forum in December. As Northern Ireland is considering reconfiguring local Stroke services, we are really looking forward to meeting staff from hospital sites in the local area and showcasing how the many features and benefits of CaptureStroke can assist with this process and help improve their stroke data collection, reduce care breaches via targeted alert features and provide real-time insights via service management reporting,’’ said Tom.

Registration for the event is still available and more details can be found here.

Silverlink’s Capture solutions successfully listed on G-Cloud 9

Silverlink Software’s market leading Capture solutions for the stroke and fertility pathways have been successfully listed on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS)’s G-Cloud 9 Framework.

The new listings on this framework on the Digital Marketplace will make the procurement of CaptureStroke or CaptureFertility easier and simpler for healthcare providers.

G-Cloud 9 is a framework for cloud-based solutions, through which suppliers can procure preconfigured packages of software with all the professional services and technical support included. The Digital Marketplace is free to use for public sector bodies, including NHS healthcare providers.

CaptureStroke is Silverlink’s marketing leading care performance system for stroke services. CaptureStroke offers Trusts full ownership of their data and real-time analytics to understand and measure performance throughout the care pathway. Designed in close collaboration with clinicians, CaptureStroke offers users intuitive workflows, facilitating paperless and mobile working, leading to better patient outcomes and proven return on investment, efficiency savings and improved SSNAP audit performance.

CaptureFertility is Silverlink’s point-of-care, paperless data capture solution that has been developed in close collaboration with world renowned fertility specialists. CaptureFertility delivers powerful real-time insights to improve the efficiency of fertility treatment while meeting all HFEA regulatory requirements. Working in close collaboration with clinicians, CaptureFertiltiy offers an intuitive, intelligent data solution that facilitatse paperless and mobile working, reducing duplication of data entry and increasing service efficiency.

Regarding the new listing, Capture Products Manager, Rob Dixon, said: “We are pleased Silverlink’s Capture solutions are now listed on the G-Cloud 9 marketplace. The new listing will make the procurement of our innovative solutions even more accessible to healthcare providers and help them realise the benefits of efficiency and cost-savings that our paperless systems can offer.”

For more information on the CaptureStroke listing, click here.

For more information on the CaptureFertility listing, click here.

Choosing solutions that compliment your EPR

It’s becoming increasingly recognised that a one size fits all EPR system cannot be all things to all clinicians. However, choosing best-of-breed solutions for specialist care units that can augment your core EPR can lead to fully optimising specialist pathways, performance and outcomes. These units need systems that can intelligently collect the right data at the right time, at the point of care, and monitor unique KPIs specific to each individual condition.

It’s not feasible to tailor an integrated EPR system to every department’s specific needs in a timely manner because the process is too cumbersome and puts an additional burden on IT resources who usually have a more generic approach across various care environments. Yet if the EPR can’t be customised, clinicians are forced to change their workflow to suit the system and accept a sub optimal one-size fits all approach, putting processes before patients.

In our experience, a better approach is to maximise the benefits of an EPR by complimenting it with fully interoperable best-of-breed clinical data solutions that have been specifically designed to support and enhance workflow in niche and specialist settings and integrate seamlessly with the EPR. There’s a proven cost benefit to implementing systems like Silverlink’s Capture Suite of products: the in-house IT team doesn’t have to develop the system themselves so returns can be seen immediately after implementation; and cost savings are further realised through improved patient care and outcomes as a result of the efficiencies the solutions facilitate.

In addition, Capture Suite solutions offer real-time data insights as well as easy-to-use dashboards and reporting allowing clinicians to react immediately to service pressures. When combined with the ability to source authoritative information directly from the organisations EPR and the ability to similarly update this central master record if appropriate, there’s also a marked reduction in data entry time and duplication of effort. This allows clinicians to use their valuable time to focus on effecting changes and improvements immediately.

Building on your EPR with specialist data capture solutions is a major stride towards paperless working and an evidence-based health service that measures change and impact as by product of carrying out the service. Choosing a Capture Suite product also gives Trusts direct access to Silverlink’s extensive domain experience in delivering solutions for the NHS; and gives care teams the opportunity to engage with Silverlink as they continue to refine solutions for improved patient safety, quality of care and unit efficiency shaping the best-of-breed solutions of the future.

Silverlink’s Capture Suite of products comprises of innovative solutions that were designed in close collaboration with leading experts and clinicians, in-line with NHS best practice, to address the unique requirements of patients and services. The Capture Suite of products includes CaptureStrokeCaptureTIACaptureTherapyCaptureFertiltyCaptureResearch; and CapturePsychiatry. Each solution offers specialist, best-of-breed modules that are perfectly suited for multi-disciplinary use – allowing Trusts the freedom to tailor the solution to their local requirements.

Contact Silverlink today to find out how their solutions can benefit your Trust or healthcare facility in improving patient care and streamlining pathways.

Fertility under the microscope

The combination of lifestyle and life choices – such as starting a family later in life – have steadily increased the cases of fertility treatment across the UK. Approximately 4 in 10 IVF cycles are funded by the NHS costing around £60.4 million every year, however that total is said to increase to £65.2 million should recommendations by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the assessment and treatment of people with fertility problems be implemented.

For many couples desperate to have a child it is difficult to equate the cost of treatment with their probable chance of success but for the NHS, knowing the cost of treatment in relation to the rate of success is essential to adequately allocating limited resources and ultimately, assist as many couples as possible who require treatment.

Criteria for the provision of IVF treatment varies across the UK and since April 2013, are dependent on the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) responsible for authorising NHS services. Controversy over the fairness of what has been dubbed “postcode lotteries” to determine eligibility for NHS funded fertility treatment has further highlighted the need for the NHS to effectively manage costs and treatment as audits reveal that only 52% of CCGs offer just one cycle of IVF and fewer than one in five CCGs are paying for the full number of three IVF cycles as recommended by NICE.

For many fertility specialists, the single biggest contributor to cost savings and resource allocation is the ability to accurately predict the success of IVF or ICSI treatment. Currently, a live birth is dependent on numerous factors specific to the couple being treated however, these factors are based on aggregates and averages relevant to a wide range of patients. But what if there was a way to harness individual patient data in a specific structure that could make costly treatments like fertility more effective?

It’s that exact question that Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Newcastle’s International Centre for Life, Alison Murdoch, took to a local clinical software developer as the premise for designing a solution that meets all the necessary requirements. “Regulation in fertility is far more prescribed than other fields due largely to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and while there are resounding benefits to going paperless, it was not our main priority. Our goal was to create an innovative system that could combine HFEA data collection requirements with pertinent patient care information.”

“Currently, there are products available for a combination of clinic management and HFEA data but insufficient in the middle about the patient – and that’s where we saw an opportunity to create a system for this highly specialised field that harnesses individual patient data to more accurately predict, and improve efficiency of  fertility treatment provision,” said Murdoch.

Murdoch went on to explain that one of the major obstacles to realising a complete data solution is the HFEA requirement to keep hard copies of patient records separately from other records – limiting their use of electronic records because the information can’t be merged into one source. “The upside is that there is less chance of losing records but there’s also the logistical problem of storing vast amounts of paper records. Physically managing the volume limits our ability to carry out clinical work in a reactive manner because of the time it takes to locate a file and respond to a patient’s query.”

Another challenge to designing a specialist solution is working within the budget constraints of the NHS but Murdoch maintains that the business case for implementing a complete, custom electronic record continues to grow. Cost savings in relation to admin staff, putting archived records onto CD and improved efficiency are only the initial benefits the Trust is set to realise. In addition to cost savings, there is enormous benefit to the patient and treatment outcomes.

“The sensitivity of treatment is so narrow that even incremental changes in patient and lab data can mean the difference between a successful IVF treatment or not.  By capturing this information, we can interrogate the data in standard reports to garner an individual, reliable indication of success while producing the clinical auditing requirements of regulators,” said Murdoch.

Murdoch and her team have worked with developers to design a data dictionary as the first phase of development. She envisages that the system will be complete in the coming months and will offer the fertility field a much-needed benchmark for bringing pertinent data together to offer patients a better indication of their individual chances of conceiving and allow them to make an educated decision as to whether or not to pursue treatment. Similarly, the NHS will have actionable data with which to determine new criteria for granting funding while limiting treatment for couples who don’t have a reasonable and “data-determined” chance of conceiving.

“The bigger picture is that this project demonstrates the need for innovation in healthcare to provide specialists with specialist tools to make treatments much more efficient and that can be applied to other fields which are equally specialist for the benefit of the NHS and the patient,” concluded Murdoch.