NHS England | November 2018 | Supporting young people through transition into adult care services
Nurses at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (STHFT) recognised unwarranted variation in practice within the Trust where children were being transitioned between services, recognising gaps within coordination, information available to children and families and in some clinical specialist service areas, leading to delays in care.
This led to the creation of a new role: the Children and Young People Lead Nurse to transition between children’s and adult services, offering support to all clinical specialist areas within the hospital. The Children and Young People Lead Nurse engages with families, children and young people with complex needs and provides specialist advice and support to staff to ensure prompt, safe transition into adult services. This role also aimed to support the development of pathways and standardised practice to ensure high quality care at transition was available to all complex needs children within the Trust.
The Lead Nurse developed the role by working seamlessly with the transition team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and establishing a dedicated caseload of children and young people, to give a clear overview of the transition work being carried out by each clinical specialty. They provide education and training sessions for staff and partner agencies in understanding the needs of adolescents, as well as those with complex needs.
NHS England | November 2018 | Advice line for GPs saves hours of travel for patients and £100k to be reinvested back into NHS
The Walton Centre in Liverpool – the only specialist hospital trust in the UK dedicated to providing comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services- runs an advice line which means GPs in the Cheshire and Merseyside area can call neuro consultants for fast advice any weekday reducing extra patient appointments.
So far the service has received 181 calls 37% were resolved by the GP saving £51,698 which over a year saves around £100k.
Programme Director Julie Riley said: “We want to deliver services closer to home and when patients do come into hospital, support them so they can recover and go home quicker. From a patient point of view, we want to work in partnership with them. We, our consultant colleagues and GPs want to support them in self-management, where appropriate – rather than taking a paternalistic approach.”
NHS England | August 2018 | Nurse leadership in providing a Virtual Community Placement for nursing students
A recent addition to NHS England’s Atlas of Shared Learning is a case study of a nurse leadership in providing a virtual community placement for nursing students (NHS England).
A Quality, Health and Innovation Lead in the Nurse Development Team at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) has developed a new placement model for first year nursing students, to address variation in the experience and opportunities available to them.
NHS England | September 2018 | GP Career Plus Case Study: Newham Health Collaborative Ltd
A new video case study from NHS England shows the Newham created a ‘supply and demand’ staff bank that helps retain experienced GPs, provides direct access to experienced clinicians and lowers costs for sessional staff (NHS England).
NHS England | August 2018 | The Atlas of Shared Learning
A new case study on NHS England’s Atlas of Shared Learning shows how asthma and COPD in primary care can be improved. Following training for level 6 COPD and asthma care, the practice nurse at a Northumberland general practicerecognised the unwarranted variation between best and current practice within her GP surgery and addressed this by changing how their respiratory conditions were managed with more focus on patient empowerment and self-management, which is having a positive effect on patients ( Source: NHS England).
The case study looks at how value can be added, changes and lessons learnt
This report, commissioned by the Academic Health Science Network, looks at opportunities to accelerate the adoption of service innovation in the NHS, drawing on findings from eight case studies of successful spread of innovation in the NHS | Kings Fund
From new communication technologies for patients with long-term conditions, to new care pathways in liver disease diagnosis, to new checklists for busy A&E departments, the report details the highs and lows of an innovator’s journey through the NHS.
While thousands of patients are now receiving new innovative treatments for arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic liver disease, thanks to successful innovations, the report outlines the significant barriers that stand in innovators’ paths.
The case studies reveal common themes:
Providers need to be able to select and tailor innovations that deliver the greatest value given local challenges and work in the local context.
Fragmentation of NHS services remains a barrier to adoption and spread of innovation, making it harder to develop shared approaches and transmit learning across sites.
New innovations may appear simple to introduce but can have a domino effect – triggering a series of changes to diagnosis and treatment, revealing new patient needs and resulting in big changes to staff and patient roles. That’s why staff need time and resources to implement them.
As long as the NHS sets aside less than 0.1% of available resources for the adoption and spread of innovation, a small fraction of the funds available for innovation itself, the NHS’s operating units will struggle to adopt large numbers of innovations and rapidly improve productivity.