March round up - successes, awards and innovations

There has been lots going over the last couple of months for Life QI so apologies for the delay in our monthly round-up! We have been working hard on some exciting upgrades to be rolled out over the coming months. Watch this space for more news on this soon …

We can see that quality improvement teams across the Life QI platform have been busy recently too with lots of drive for change based on public opinion, innovative trials and projects taking place to aid better quality patient care and safety and many organisations receiving recognition for their high quality service.

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Here is the latest news from acorss the Life QI community ...

Pilot role trialed by two east London Boroughs

The innovative new role is to be based in GP practices that will enable GPs to delivery better quality care to their patients. The trial is due to a collaboration between health organisations across City and Hackney and Newham that will see a minimum of 15 new medical assistant roles introduced across the practices from April 2017. Click here to find out more.

West Hampshire CCGs 'signpost service' wins major local award

Care Navigators was started in 2015 and consists of a team of staff based at GP practices linked with the CCG. They are named winners of the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy's Outstanding Team (non-clinical) Award. Click here to find out more about the project and the award.

World's first blood pressure treatment via brain stimulation

Neurosurgeon Nik Patel alongside colleagues at the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust on the world's first blood pressure treatment via deep brain stimulation. Learn more about the success of this procedure.

Specialist cancer training made possible with help of a local farm

The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has reported specialist cancer training was made possible due to the donation of a batch of pig trotters donated by Jimmy's Farm in Ipswich. The trotters mimic the back of a human hand and were used in a practical session to practice administering chemotherapy drugs intravenously. Learn more here.

BSUH's pioneering work in prostate cancer

The work carried out by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust has been called a "game-changer" in relation to new pain-free testing to detect prostate cancer. The disease affects around 11,000 UK men annually and diagnosis is challenging. The innovative work led by Consultant Uro-Radiologist Dr Jonathan Richenberg uses MRI scanners to aid in improving detection of aggressive cancers with multiple benefits to patients. Learn more here.

UCLPartners is among AHSNs in partnership with NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) in 'Improving outcomes, cutting costs'

The NIA, in partnership with local AHSNs, is to host a series of events in order to specifically showcase the five NIA innovations available to procure from 1st April 2017. These are among the country's best evidence-based innovations and can be reimbursed by NHS England. The events are to be held during April and May 2017 and will provide information on these cost-saving, outcome-based innovations and educate attendees on how to replicate benefits across their organisation. To learn more and find out how to register to attend these events, click here.

Preventing Strokes in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

Oxford AHSN and Bucks Clinical Commissioning Groups are joining forces in a collaborative effort for the 'Excellence in AF' initiative. The aim is to bring together the clinical and quality expertise from many organisations to help GPs identify patients with AF and treat them with anticoagulation therapy. The aim is to help prevent strokes in patients and subsequently save costs to the NHS. Learn more about the history of the project and the work of all the organisations involved here.

Wessex AHSN projects shortlisted for prestigious awards!

Several projects run or supported by Wessex AHSN have been shortlisted for the national Patient Safety Awards. These awards recognise and reward outstanding practice within the NHS and independent healthcare organisations. The shortlisted projects will be presented to the judging panel in May in preparation for the awards ceremony in July. Congratulations to all those shortlisted, learn more about the projects/people up for nomination here.

4,000 people set to take part in ground-breaking health scheme to avoid type 2 diabetes

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been chosen to host the national 'Healthier You: the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme'. Hampshire CCG, working on behalf of the eight local CCG's involved, are looking to identify an organisation to provide the service for the nine-month programme that enables people to change their lifestyle and reduce the chance of getting the disease, whilst being supported by specialist staff. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are in the second wave of the programme, learn more about the origin of the project and the next steps here.

North Bristol Trust announces Southmead surgeons aiding in development of wearable surgical robots

Southmead surgeons are taking part in a €4 million research project which is funded by the European Commission under the HORIZON2020 scheme. The team of researches is developing a wearable surgical robot that enhances the surgeons' ability to navigate the surgical environment in order to carry out keyhole surgery. The innovative research project will be led by Professor Sanja Dogramadzi of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) and UWE Bristol and will be supported by 9 partner organisations. Learn more about this exciting work here.

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