Five new case studies have been published on the AHSN Network’s Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare, showcasing an exciting range of proven innovations benefiting patients and supporting clinicians around the country.
The Tookie Vest
The Tookie Vest is a patient and clinician driven innovation, designed to support patients fitted with a Central Venous Catheter (CVC) undergoing haemodialysis (HD) to provide enhanced line security. The Tookie Vest is designed to help prevent catheter displacement but also to aid the patients to continue to live ‘#ALifeMoreNormal’ as the vest helps to discretely secure the lines, offering modesty and dignity, freedom, independence and reassurance. Read more
Reducing pressure ulcers in multiple care settings
This work helped to reduce the percentage of pressure ulcers across multiple care settings in the North East and North Cumbria where the incidence of pressures ulcers was higher than the national average. In year 1, pressure ulcers were reduced by 36%, and 33% in year 2, with an estimated cost saving of £513,000, and a reduction in the number of bed days between 220-352. Read more
Transforming ADHD care – QbTest
This innovative computer test enables more effective diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), primarily for young people but also adults. As a result of a highly successful East Midlands AHSN demonstrator project that evidenced cost savings and patient benefit, the innovation has been mainstreamed within three NHS trusts with plans for wider adoption and spread beyond. Read more
Urinary tract infection checklist for care homes
Eastern AHSN provided quality improvement (QI) coaching to nurses employed by South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to work with residential and nursing homes across central Norfolk and Waveney to support the implementation of a checklist approach. Unplanned emergency admissions have reduced by 22% and a reduction in antibiotic prescribing has been seen within this cohort of care homes. Read more
Person and community centred health approaches
Residents in an area of Merseyside are benefitting from an integrated approach to community-centred wellbeing. NHS providers and commissioners in Halton have been working with a social enterprise, Wellbeing Enterprises, to deliver Community Wellbeing Practices which have reduced demand on services – and improved the health of local people. The approach includes social prescribing, community navigation and volunteering programmes with healthcare pathways as a means of improving clinical outcomes – and budget efficiency. Read more
The Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare brings together proven innovations and improvements from the country’s AHSNs that are making a positive difference to both people’s lives and NHS efficiency.
The aim of Atlas is to freely share innovation examples, spread best practice and help speed and scale up the adoption of innovation across health and care. Each example meets one or more of the gaps identified by the NHS in its Five Year Forward View: improving quality; impact on health and wellbeing; and increasing efficiency. Search for case studies here.