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The Academy promotes the involvement of patients and the public in all areas of its work.  Our team of Improvement Scientists work with clinicians and health service managers on specific areas of service improvement, and aim to ensure the patient and public voice is heard within these initiatives.  Included below is a snapshot of the areas of work and potential for patient and public involvement.  If you have an interest in any of these areas please get in touch to find out more about current opportunities.  We advise you to contact the person attached to your specific area of interest, but alternatively you can contact our office manager.

Stroke Prevention

Tony Jamieson has been working with the NICE Implementation Collaborative around use of Novel Oral Anticoagulants to prevent stroke in atrial fibrillation (AF), in line with the latest NICE guidelines. The involvement of patients and clinicians is planned, in order to understand how adherence to these NICE guidelines can be increased.  

Improving Air Quality

Maureen McGoerge leads a project with four local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber – Hull City Council, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council and Wakefield Council, on health-related air quality improvements over an 18 month period from November 2014.  Local interest groups will be invited to participate in the process.

Improving Patient Flow

Tania King leads a project to understand the potential for better management of the flow of patients in hospital settings, so that less time and resource is spent either waiting for a bed, or waiting to go home.  Some tools and techniques have been developed to assist this process and will be trialled in a number of Trusts in our region.  Patients will be invited to participate in the trials, and in dissemination of findings.

Senior Doctor Triage in Emergency Departments

Maxine Kuczawski leads a project which aims to understand the potential for Senior Doctor Triage to improve the service provided by emergency departments.  Such a system is proposed to allow a quicker, focused initial assessment, rapid initiation of appropriate treatment and avoidance of unnecessary admissions but the extent to which it is used, or indeed effective, has not been assessed in our region.  The patient perspective on this system will be sought throughout the development of this project which will lead to the development of best practice guidelines.

Mortality Review

Libby Slemeck leads a project to develop a standardised methodology for acute Trusts to use case notes as a means to reduce incidences of mortality where possible.  Central to the methods developed will be an enhanced way of learning about improvement potential from relatives and carers as well as from staff.  Consultation with relatives and carers as the methods develop will be an important part of this process.

Healthy Ageing Collaborative

Sarah De Biase is the lead for a project aimed at establishing more robust primary care-based systems capable of routinely identifying, supporting and caring for people living with different severity grades of frailty. People approaching the age of 70 and sometimes younger begin a ‘slowing-down’ process related to the effects of ageing on their body. This is a progressive process but it is neither regarded nor managed effectively within the health and social care system, until a person presents with a dramatic change in their condition such as reducing mobility, increasing confusion or falls. This Collaborative seeks to improve on this, and will be engaging with older people and their carers to do so. Older people, including those from minority groups, will be engaged via existing older peoples’ forums.

One such project involves working in partnership with older people with mild frailty and their GP Practice to co-design how to implement a supported self-care intervention for older people. The intervention is called: ‘A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing’ and has been developed with older people, Age UK and NHS England. To read the guide click this link:  http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/pract-guid-hlthy-age.pdf. If you are interested and would like to contribute to this work, please get in touch.

Responsive Wheelchair Services

Angela Green is leading a project to support wheelchair services in the region to improve the experiences for users, including time taken from referral to provision.  A number of user groups have been involved in the initiative to date.

Training and Events

  • Silver Quality Improvement Training Day
    Oct 24, 2017 - Wakefield
  • Achieving Behaviour Change for Patient Safety
    Sep 11, 2017 - Hull
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