A collaboration created by the Innovation Agency has established a reliable and consistent process for determining the effectiveness of units which reduce airborne infections. This development has the potential to reduce hospital-acquired infections. NHS Supply Chain now recommends that all companies supplying air disinfection equipment should have biovalidation data that indicates the impact of air disinfection equipment on a recognised COVID-19 surrogate organism to be eligible for procurement. Currently there is a single facility in Liverpool that was recently set up which can provide this data.
A new psychology trainee role in general practice settings is providing mental health support to individuals and community groups, offering techniques to prevent anxiety and low mood, stress and promote positive emotional wellbeing.
The Innovation Agency worked with the Hartree Centre, Liverpool CCG and the University of Liverpool on a model that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the risk of admission to hospital of patients with alcohol-related illnesses.
A cloud-based audit platform is helping staff at seven NHS trusts to streamline their auditing processes through one simple and easy-to-use system, saving time and money – and ultimately leading to improvements in care.
Use of a new dispensing system for inpatient medication for complex intermediate care patients has demonstrated a reduction in medication errors, reduced time by pharmacy staff to prepare medications for patients and reduced time for drug administration by nursing staff.
A group of district nursing team leaders from South Liverpool took part in the 2018-19 cohort of the Innovation Agency’s coaching for culture programme. The team, led by care manager Anita Williams, were all from Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
A group of clinical staff from Warrington took part in the 2018-19 cohort of the Innovation Agency’s coaching for culture programme. Led by assistant clinical director Hazel Hendriksen, the team was from Kingsley Ward, part of North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
A team of ward nurses from Merseyside took part in the 2018-19 cohort of the Innovation Agency's coaching for culture programme. The team, led by ward manager Sharon Mcloughlin, were all from the Dott Ward at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
Pharmacies in Cheshire and Merseyside are being notified by their local hospital when a patient is discharged who might need help with their medication. The initiative, called Transfer of Care Around Medicines, is improving patient safety and quality of care – and saved the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside an estimated £9.5 million over the three years to Spring 2019.
Switching from a traditional, letter-based appointment management system to a digital patient portal is saving one NHS trust in Lancashire over £120,000 a year – and freeing up 30,000 reusable appointments that would otherwise have been wasted.