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All Innovation Agency work is currently focussed on combating the pandemic crisis, with a number of staff being redeployed into areas of most need; patient safety programmes reconfigured to support health and care staff and patients; and businesses directed to where they can best support health and care services.

Our project management staff have been seconded to NHS North West to help the Return to Work scheme, to quickly mobilise staff who have recently left the NHS, back into practice.

Our senior communications officer has been seconded to support NHSX as they roll out new programmes to support digital transformation. One of our Associate Directors has been seconded to NHSE/I to support the Cabinet Office to deal with Covid 19 queries. Our clinical and digital staff have registered their skill set with NHSE/I North West and are being deployed in the areas of most need.

We are also preparing to support the system to sustain some of the changes that have been made to deal with the pandemic plus give support with the other service delivery issues that will follow on from the crisis.

 

System support

 

Our staff are helping system teams in both Lancashire and South Cumbria and in Cheshire and Merseyside, for instance on population health plans to reduce social isolation; and in providing solutions for products that support the COVID 19 response when explicitly requested.

We are working closely with the digital teams in both systems to support the implementation of digital solutions for primary, community and secondary care, in line with local programmes and need. 

This includes centrally procured solutions such as Attend Anywhere for video conferencing of outpatient consultations. 

The rapid deployment of new technologies will transform the way we work and it is important we sustain successful ways of working once we are through the COVID 19 arrangements and acute pressures.  We are capturing the learning on what works well – and what doesn’t – to inform future roll out of innovations.

For more information, contact:
Tony.Woods@innovationagencynwc.nhs.uk.

Co-ordinating offers from local businesses

We are supporting calls to businesses across our region, to support the fight against Covid 19.

In Lancashire and South Cumbria, our team is part of an initiative led by the Chambers of Commerce to co-ordinate donations of vital supplies and services to the NHS.

A website has been set up with information and a call for donations of PPE and other supplies, with details of how to contribute, here: www.coronasupportgroup.co.uk

In Liverpool City Region, we are part of the Growth Platform’s support for the Merseyside Resilience Forum to support their key role in coordinating the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers.

Business and organisations across the City Region can register their offers of help on the growth platform, here: growthplatform.org/ppe-suppliers

In Cheshire, all three local authorities are working with the Government and industry to get supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to front line workers facing shortages during the COVID 19 outbreak and are currently looking for supplies of medical masks, aprons, gloves, goggles and hand sanitiser.

More information here


Patient safety programmes

 

Identifying deteriorating patients

We are helping organisations to implement NEWS2 and RESTORE2 in general practice, care homes and other non-acute settings as well as in all acute hospitals.

We are focussed on providing training and toolkits for different care settings to support appropriate decision-making over emergency admission.

This includes implementation of early warning score systems NEWS2 and RESTORE2, in general practice, care homes and other non-acute settings as well as in all acute hospitals.

We’re offering resources and support regionally to help those working in care homes, primary care and pharmacy in their response to COVID-19. 

View our Patient Safety resources for COVID-19

More information here

For more information, contact:
Andrew Cooper


 

 

Tracheostomy safety

We are offering support in dealing with the expected rise in numbers of tracheostomies and the discharge of patients from ICUs to wards with a tracheostomy. The focus will be on ward level care and transitions into community settings and includes bedhead signage; a tracheostomy daily care bundle; and emergency equipment.

Detailed guidance and resources for healthcare staff in caring for patients with tracheostomies can be found on the website of the National Tracheostomy Safety Project, a quality improvement collaborative that aims to improve tracheostomy care and safety.

They can be found here: www.tracheostomy.org.uk.

 

For more information, contact:
Andrew Cooper


High Sensitivity Troponin

We are supporting North West Coast hospital emergency departments to implement a pathway using High Sensitivity Troponin laboratory tests to rule out whether someone is having a heart attack.

This pathway helps the effort to fight COVID 19 as the patient gets a diagnosis faster, freeing up beds.

A series of webinars and virtual coaching is being delivered.

The first webinar was presented by Professor of Emergency Medicine Rick Body, Consultant Chemical Pathologist Professor Paul Collinson and Interventional Cardiologist Dr Aleem Khand.

View the webinar recording

 

More information here


For more information, contact:
Sue Critchley


Preventing pre-eclampsia

We are continuing to support all maternity units in the North West Coast to adopt Placental Growth Factor-based tests, to reduce admissions of women at risk of pre-eclampsia.

This is particularly important during the Covid-19 pandemic as it could allow women to return to community care or be monitored at home instead of being admitted to hospital for observation, if pre-eclampsia has been ruled out with a PIGF-based test.

The Innovation Agency is leading an improvement collaborative which is open to staff in all North West Coast maternity units. The aim of our collaborative is to achieve PIGF-based testing in all women presenting with suspected pre-eclampsia between 20-34 weeks plus six days gestation, to help clinicians rule out pre-eclampsia (used alongside standard clinical assessment and subsequent follow up) as per NICE guidance DG23: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/dg23.

The first in a series of webinars is now available to view, featuring national PlGF champions, Obstetrics Consultants Dr Jenny Myers and Dr Manu Vatish; and test suppliers Roche and Quidel.

View the webinar recording

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