West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance | July 2019 | Most-At-Risk Residents Of South Kirkby Reap The Benefits Of New Lung MOT
Residents in South Kirby and Hemsworth between the age of 55 and 74 who smoke or used to smoke are being invited to be part of a targeted lung health check pilot programme led by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance, in partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research.
This ‘Lung MOT’ involves patients receiving a half hour checkup where specially trained nurses at a GP Surgery assess their breathing and overall lung health, measure their height and weight; and may also conduct a breathing test to identify any problems that may need further attention. Patients are also given a six-year risk score calculation for developing lung cancer. Current smokers are then offered the opportunity to access the stop smoking service.
As part of this service a number of patients have also taken up the opportunity to access free advice and help to quit smoking which is being provided on site by specialist advisors. Evidence has shown that access to such support gives smokers the best possible chance of giving up (Source: West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance).
Diseases could be detected even before people experience symptoms, thanks to a pioneering new health-data programme as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy
Businesses and charities are expected to jointly invest up to £160 million, alongside a £79 million government investment, as part of the Accelerating Detection of Disease programme. The project will support research, early diagnosis, prevention and treatment for diseases including cancer, dementia and heart disease.
The pioneering initiative will recruit up to 5 million healthy people. Volunteered data from the individuals will help UK scientists and researchers invent new ways to detect and prevent the development of diseases.
Nesta | July 2019 | Sparking change in public systems: The 100 Day Challenge
Front-line practitioners and people who rely on health and care services have unrivalled expertise in how the system operates, but often have little influence or ownership over change. The 100 Day Challenge allows front-line staff and citizens to collaborate and experiment with new ways of working, testing them for 100 days to see if they make a difference. The 100 day challenge is a structured and rapid innovation process that incorporates coaching support and other methods that enable people to take on new ways of working.
Nesta -an innovation foundation- have produced Sparking change in public systems: The 100 Day Challenge a booklet that identifies five key ingredients to achieving success using real-life challenges
Local – taking a place-based approach to change Participation – working with front-line staff and citizens Pace – rapidly testing and learning Action – testing a range of ideas in the real world Results – seeing improvements in people’s lives (Source: Nesta)