Case Study

“Specfit” - A Programme Supporting Local Sports Clubs to Deliver Public Health Initiatives

Wigan Borough Sports Council, in partnership with the public health team at Wigan Council, secured funding to support local sports clubs in building capacity and capability to deliver public health initiatives.This funding was used to establish the Specfit programme for sports clubs in September 2013, which aims to improve the long-term health and social wellbeing of spectators, family members, staff, visitors and the local community, by tapping into the unique opportunity that sports clubs have to extend activity and awareness.Under this programme, sports clubs must identify a lead to act

Shine Programme - Addressing Musculoskeletal Sickness Absence

The Working Well (WW) project is one of eighteen projects that were first awarded funding in 2010 by the Shine Programme, which is delivered by the Health Foundation - an independent charity working to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. The project was implemented in February 2010 to address staff sickness absence due to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). During its first year the WW project was delivered to staff in Salford Community Health and NHS Salford.

Seconding a Specialist Practitioner in Mental Health into an Integrated Discharge Team

In October 2010 a proposal was made by a multiagency group of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council, to place a specialist practitioner in mental health into an integrated discharge team.The aim of introducing this role was to facilitate the timely, safe discharge of patients over 65 years of age with possible dementia, delirium, or mental health issues, who would otherwise experience increased length of stay or delayed discharge from hospital.

School Nursing and Obesity - Beyond the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

In 2011 the Trafford division of Bridgewater Community Healthcare Trust developed a project aimed at enhancing the School Nursing service delivery of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). The NCMP involves local areas collecting data on the height and weight of children in English schools in Reception Year and Year 6 to enable the Government to monitor obesity trends (DHOT, 2012).

Saving lives using the Advancing Quality programme - supported by Clarity Informatics’ Quality Improvement Service

Advancing Quality (AQ) is a proven approach to reducing variation and improving clinical outcomes for patients in the North West of England. The programme was launched in 2008, with five conditions highly relevant to the North West population, and with a strong clinical consensus around an evidence-base for better patient outcomes. Two years later, Advancing Quality became the flagship programme of the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) and has been supported by Clarity Informatics’ Quality Improvement Service (QIS) since 2010.

Safe Medicines Management Training

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust introduced competency-based safe medicines management training for all nursing staff and non-medical prescribers in May 2012. The aim is to improve understanding of medicines management and thereby reduce medication errors.The training is delivered as a single three hour face-to-face, interactive session to groups of up to twenty staff. The trainers are senior pharmacists and senior pharmacy technicians.

Rewarding and Recognising Staff Contributions in Challenging Times

This case study details the reward and recognition philosophy York Hospital NHS Foundation Trust developed to underpin the existing benefits package that was in place for staff.None of initiatives introduced incurred any cost to the Trust; they were self-funded through the Staff Lottery, Staff shop and by sponsorships/advertisements.  The salary sacrifice schemes have generated an annual £211k efficiency saving.The project received national recognition at the 2012 Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) awards where judges agreed that:“The Trust had set out to have the wow factor an

Resident Shift Working Consultants

In 2009, Greater Manchester Children, Young People and Families’ NHS Network undertook the expansion of a consultant-delivered service using a ‘Resident Shift Work Consultant (RSWC) work plan’. The public consultation decision to this reconfiguration was to reduce the number of 24 hour consultant-led units for paediatric and maternity services in the Greater Manchester area from 12 to a maximum of eight, and to increase the number of neonatal intensive care units from two to three.

Releasing Potential: Leadership Programme for Research and Development Managers

The Releasing Potential programme was first commissioned by the NHS Research and Development (R&D) North West team in 2012. Initially this programme was informed by a programme developed by Mark Brandreth, the Managing Director of Trafford Provider Services at NHS Trafford to provide an in-house approach to developing talent amongst clinical and managerial staff at Band 7.

Real Life Learning - A Practice Based Learning Support Programme for Student Nurses

Recently tariff monies have been released with the intention of maintaining existing standards of learning environments (Tariff clarification letter, Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber July 2013) for pre-registration nursing students. This presents Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust with an opportunity to build on and develop current good practice initiatives as well as introduce innovative strategies to support and facilitate the learning of student nurses.