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Impact Case Studies

Timed Action Plans for Patients (TAPPs)

Since work started developing and testing TAPPs with Ward 9 at Hull Royal Infirmary, there has been a reduction in length of stay from a baseline of 11.68 to 7.5 (as of 04/09/2016), saving an estimated 3,301 bed days.

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Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) Tool

The electronic Frailty Index (eFI) is a tool which allows GPs and primary care clinicians to proactively identify and severity grade people with frailty. It enables the calculation of a frailty score that can be used to identify older people with mild, moderate and severe frailty.

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Yorkshire Huddles

contributing at scale to reducing patient harm and increasing teamworking

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Using Safety Huddles in mental health

Focusing on reducing Violent and Aggressive incidents, an adult acute ward at Bradford District Care Trust have been using safety huddles.

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Healthy Ageing Collaborative

A Healthy Ageing Collaborative (HAC) has been established to support the development of new, evidence-based models of care for older people with frailty.

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Yorkshire and Humber Observatory

At the Improvement Academy we are developing our offering to our organisations by providing a place where region-wide analysis can be developed and presented. This is our Observatory, and priorities for this work will be informed by our member’s requirements.

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Safer Dispensing in Community Pharmacy

The Improvement Academy led a TAPS Programme with 8 pharmacy teams within the Yorkshire and Humber area to reduce the number of dispensing errors.

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Increasing awareness of Public Access Defibrillators in Yorkshire and Humber

The Improvement Academy has partnered with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the British Heart Foundation in an innovative local media campaign which has resulted in nearly 500 previously unknown defibrillators being identified in Yorkshire and Humber.

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Reducing Seclusion in a male, low secure forensic, acute admission, inpatient ward

We have been working with one low secure, male, acute admission ward to reduce the use of seclusion within its service through, the introduction of safety huddles and a de-briefing process.

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Supporting a Sepsis Community of Practice

Sepsis is one of the identified patient safety priorities in the region. Although there are a lot of areas of good practice there had been limited opportunities for sharing knowledge and conducting joint work.

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Huddle Up for Safer Healthcare - Impacts to Date

A 3 year funded project (including a 6 month set up period), to enable the implementation of Patient Safety Huddles in 5 hospitals across Leeds, Barnsley and Scarborough.

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GPs at SEA. Significant Event Audit Enhanced by Human Factors.

Learning from patient safety incidents using Significant Event Audit in general practice can be improved by the application of safety science. Our programme supports GPs and CCGs to apply Human Factors thinking in the pursuit of safety.

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Tackling Acute Kidney Injury in Bradford Teaching Hospitals

The Improvement Academy have been supporting Bradford Teaching Hospitals to test a package of interventions to improve the recognition, enhance awareness and understanding and improve basic elements in quality of care received by patients with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).

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Operation Fresh Start (OFS) Improving Patient Flow in Scarborough

The NHS is in crisis and is struggling to cope with the rising number of hospital admissions. The Improvement Academy has been working with acute trusts across Yorkshire and Humber to find new and novel ways to improve patient flow.

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Bronze On-line Quality Improvement Training

The Improvement Academy was asked by our stakeholder Advisory Group to develop introductory level training for Quality Improvement suitable for staff in any health and care role in Yorkshire and Humber.

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Curry and Learning

Improvement Academy ‘Curry and Learning’ evenings have provided a successful way to introduce non-mandatory training and support frontline staff to learn together.

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Improvement Academy Masterclasses and Roundtables

During 2015 we ran approximately 80 events ranging from half day workshops to full day conferences. These regular events support our projects and programmes and promote best practice throughout the UK.

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Gold Trainers Network

Our Gold Trainers Network has been developed to support the delivery of high quality face-to-face Quality Improvement training. The network allows members to share ideas, materials and support, as well as contribute to the on-going development and refinement of our Silver training.

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