Being a Global Digital Exemplar means the ‘bar’ for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) is raised in terms of expectation. To meet this expectation (as well as its own working practices) the Trust’s IT department has worked tirelessly in achieving and maintaining external standards including ISO9001, 27001 and Cyber Essentials PLUS. Here we find out how WSFT works with ITHealth to maintain such standards by continually monitoring its cyber hygiene and IT performance, as well as proactively addressing compliance issues.
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital and community health care services to the population of West Suffolk and is an associate teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge. It serves a population of around 280,000 and employs just over 3,000 staff. At its main site, the 430-bed West Suffolk Hospital, there is a purpose-built Macmillan Unit for the care of people with cancer, a dedicated eye treatment centre and a day surgery unit where children and adults are treated.