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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Teleswallowing enables poorly people to be seen more rapidly by specialists and improves staff productivity threefold
Overview of Innovation:
Teleswallowing is an approach using technology whereby a speech and language therapist can run a virtual clinic to triage, manage and review his/her patients with eating and drinking problems (dysphagia). Teleswallowing Ltd staff train the carers within residential and care settings to be able to link remotely with speech therapists to provide rapid access to specialist skills to avoid unnecessary distress, avoidable deterioration and hospital admissions. Speech and Language Therapy is a scarce resource and the waiting lists to see a specialist are long. The use of Teleswallowing technology prevents vulnerable people suffering and can be used as an out of hours/weekend cover approach.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Our online workshop helps women from all backgrounds in all demographic areas to access positive, factual information to support their birth choices using evidence-based information that can be updated as and when new guidance is released.
Overview of Innovation:
The Real Birth Company’s mission statements are ‘to provide relevant, up to date, evidence based antenatal information that is delivered with a positive attitude’ and ‘to impart our knowledge with confidence to empower women and their birth partners at this very special time’.
 
We have achieved this with our RCM accredited antenatal education training programme that has been developed into an online e-learning antenatal resource for women birthing in the UK & is available in several languages. This e-learning resource is a birth physiology workshop full of important information that supports UK practice & enables women to understand the reasons behind their care, whilst supporting them to make informed choices in labour.


Antenatal education is essential to helping women form opinions & make choices in regard to their pregnancy & birth. There are various types of antenatal education. Hospital accessible antenatal education is dependant on resources, demographics & availability of staff to name a few. Lots of these classes use traditional methods of teaching with limited time to discuss at length the physiology.
 
The Real Birth online workshop is easily updated & uses evidence-based information from NICE, WHO, RCM, RCOG & others. It is holistic, culturally sensitive & can be accessed from anywhere by computer, tablet or mobile phone.
 
The innovation of creating a multi-lingual online e-learning workshop came from the positive birth results that were consistent with women & their partners who had attended a specifically designed positive birth workshop.
 
The workshop was created using techniques that help graduate students revise for exams, this learning technique has been integrated into the imparting of positive birth physiology. The use of non-threatening language & positive birth information helps to normalise birth & reduce fear. When fear is reduced in labour the benefits for both mother & baby are both psychological & physiological.
 
Barriers to effective antenatal education can include:
  • time pressures for antenatal classes
  • finding midwives who feel comfortable giving antenatal education
  • update & training costs
  • availability of classes
  • limited spaces for face to face classes
  • cost of interpreting services/availability of interpreters
  • birth terminology used
  • women being unable to attend for social or demographic reasons
Our online workshop works to address these barriers to help women from all backgrounds in all demographic areas to access positive, factual information.

Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
The Real Birth online workshop is an easily accessible form of evidence-based antenatal education (updated as evidence changes) that is interactive, informative & fun to use.
 
The Better Births Maternity Review says that all women should have access to information to enable them to make an informed, non-bias choice.

Making Normal Birth a Reality states ‘evidence-based information for women about factors that make a normal birth with good outcomes for the mother & baby more or less likely, presented in a format which they understand so that they can plan for the kind of birth they want & make informed decisions’ is an essential part of birth preparation.

WHOs new recommendations on reducing unnecessary births by C-section recommended ‘Health education for women is an essential component of antenatal care’ by using childbirth education workshops that include partners to support women & address fear of birth with methods such as understanding birth physiology, our workshop helps to address unnecessary interventions in labour.

Women with access to antenatal education have a higher chance of normal birth & a more positive birth experience that can help in the postpartum period.
 
The workshop follows a researched learning technique. Written in a style that enables users to learn & retain the information more effectively leading to confidence & understanding of birth.
 
Accessed from 25 weeks of pregnancy via a unique coded card issued by the healthcare provider, users work through 1 module at a time before accessing the next to ensure the workshop is comprehensible. Within the modules are questions, diagrams & carefully designed non-threatening animations.
 
Each language has been translated by first language speakers to ensure the terminology is understandable & animations are culturally respectful whilst explaining a journey of birth. NICE Pregnancy & Complex Social Factors list barriers for women who speak no or little English that include lack of interpreters & knowledge of the maternity service. Our workshop helps address such barriers. NICE also say that with this group of women other methods such as online video clips & audio information should be used.

  
 
Our workshop is factually based giving true & correct information & techniques to practice for labour along with the best positions & why. It addresses subjects like the reasoning behind recommendations for skin to skin & looks at how this can help aid mental health for both parents in the postnatal period.
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Antenatal education has a role to play in improving knowledge of, and preparation for parenthood and can lead parents to be, to adopt a range of healthy behaviours that affect pregnancy and birth, improving outcomes and the mother’s experience of birth.
 
The Real Birth Company is committed to supporting all women to access up to date and evidence-based information relating to their birth. We believe that all women should have access to this information and have produced the e-learning modules in several languages to help tackle health inequalities.
 
Tackling health inequalities in infant mortality and infant and maternal health, will not just improve health outcomes today, but lay the foundations for sustainable, long-term improvements in health.
 
At 5.5 deaths per 1,000 live births, the West Midlands has the poorest infant mortality rate in England [2014 data].  The infant mortality rate takes into account the total number of live births and so provides a more accurate indication of trends than just analysing the number of deaths in infancy over time. The West Midlands rates are significantly higher than the England average. (source)
 
Poorer mothers-to-be often do not attend antenatal classes. Almost three-quarters of pregnant women on low incomes do not attend antenatal classes according to new figures. Nearly half are not even offered them on the NHS. (source)
 
The Real Birth Workshop was created because we believe that all expectant parents should have access to positive birth information. It is beneficial for pregnant mums and their birth partners to have positive help with their birth preparation. We support all birthing choices because we believe in empowering women with the right information when they need it.
 
A report by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Preparing for birth and parenthood report surveyed 928 expectant parents (first-time mothers and fathers) attending antenatal courses. The research found that while only 3% of women said they felt confident about birth before attending an antenatal course, afterwards 98% said they felt confident or fairly confident. Similarly, among fathers-to-be surveyed, just 1% said they felt confident about birth before their course; afterward 97% felt confident or fairly confident.
 
The Real Birth Online Workshop provides parents to be with the education they need to manage and reduce maternal anxiety leading to improved coping strategies, greater partner support and a better birth experience.
Current and planned activity: 
We believe the workshop shows decreased admission in the latent phase, decreased use of analgesia & an increase in women having a positive birth experience.

We need champions who can apply for NIHR funding with us to pilot The Real Birth Online Workshop with women using their NHS maternity services.  
 
A number of languages are currently active, we want to include more to help all women access valuable antenatal education. Being able to access our online workshop provides antenatal education to women who may otherwise be unable to attend classes for various reasons including social, cultural & demographic.
 
Many proactive measures are being taken to address perinatal mental health. We believe a positive birth experience doesn't depend on mode of birth but choice, understanding & involvement in decision making & empowerment in pregnancy & labour.
 
Our programme can have a positive effect on women’s birth experiences & her birth partners & assist with informed choice & understanding of birth.  
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
100% IPO The Real Birth Company Limited
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Overview summary:
Capitalising on a successful e-learning programme, we are developing SCRIPT for nurses. SCRIPT is a suite of 15 modules aimed at developing and maintaining professional knowledge and competence relating to medicines. The platform is generating a significant amount of interest and support.
Challenge identified and actions taken :
Medicines are the most common intervention in the NHS, but evidence suggests that the use of medicines in the NHS is often sub-optimal. Medication errors account for 10–20% of all adverse events in the NHS and preventable harm from medicines costs more than £750 million each year. Ten days after starting a new medicine, nearly a third of patients are non-adherent. To address the training needs relating to medicines management/optimisation, SCRIPT is an established suite of web-based e-learning 15 modules, aimed at developing and maintaining professional knowledge and competence relating to medicines. The modules, agreed as a result of feedback at WMAHSN events, have been authored by specialist physicians, nurses and pharmacists in the region and six modules are currently in final production ready for launch. Planned outcomes were a suite of modules to develop and maintain the professional knowledge and competence of qualified nursing staff relating to the safer use of medicines. This work builds on the established SCRIPT e-learning programme available for junior doctors (www.safeprescriber.org). The modules were scoped and developed as part of a collaboration between Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust, the University of Birmingham and OCB Media. 
Impacts / outcomes: 
  • The scale of delivery has already increased from the original proposal, from nine modules to 15 module categories finalised
  • Specialist physicians, nurses and pharmacists in the region have been involved in the authoring of modules
  • Six modules have been launched (UK Medicines Policy, Evidence-Based Practice, Introduction to Pain Management, Pharmacological Pain Management, and Adverse Drug Reactions, Anticoagulation Part 1)
  • Two modules are currently undergoing final edit (Anticoagulation Part 2 and Medicines Management in Care Homes)
  • One module with author for final review (Respiratory)
  • Two modules currently undergoing edit (Dosing and Calculation and Advanced Pain Management)
  • Nursing SCRIPT User Guide drafted
  • The e-learning platform is available online at www.saferuseofmedicines.org
  • As this e-learning will be available to all nurses across the healthcare sector, it is generating a significant amount of interest and support. In addition, interest is being received from academic institutions in the West Midlands that train nurses at undergraduate level as they are keen to ensure that nursing competencies with regards to medication administration are gained prior to entry in clinical practice
  • Working in collaboration with a number of authors from various backgrounds and trusts across the region, SCRIPT has not only built a network of clients but a wider regional interest in drug safety.
Which local or national clinical or policy priorities does this innovation address:
From the NHS Five Year Forward View: • As the ‘stock’ of population health risk gets worse, the ‘flow’ of costly NHS treatments increases as a consequence • Future models will expand the leadership of primary care to include nurses, therapists and other community based professionals. It could also offer some care in fundamentally different ways, making fuller use of digital technologies, new skills and roles, and offering greater convenience for patients • access to GPs or nurses working from community bases equipped to provide a much greater range of tests and treatments. In partnership with local authority social services departments, and using the opportunity created by the establishment of the Better Care Fund, we will work with the NHS locally and the care home sector to develop new shared models of in-reach support, including medical reviews, medication reviews and rehab services. NICE guidance on medicines management, adherence and optimisation.
Supporting quote for the innovation from key stakeholders:
Dr Jamie Coleman, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Education, University of Birmingham: “The administration of medicines occurs in all areas of health and social care, many of which are given by nurses and professional carers. Errors that occur at the administration stage are often not intercepted by others, unless the patient notices an error, and therefore this is an important focus for education and training. The SCRIPT project team are excited to be working on new e-learning modules to provide for the Safer Use of Medicines for the region.” 
Plans for the future:
  • Completion of remaining modules
  • The e-learning platform will be promoted regionally in the first instance, with the ability to expand the scope nationally
  • The first six modules will be officially launched by March 2016.
Contact for further information:
Prof Jamie Coleman 
j.j.coleman@bham.ac.uk 
0121 414 3778
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Dr Julian is an innovative mental healthcare platform that aims to increase accessibility of mental healthcare. We connect patients to mental healthcare professionals by secure video/audio/text using a calendar appointment booking system.
Overview of Innovation:
We empower patients allowing them to see who they want to see when they want to see them where they want to see them and how they want to see them, they can choose who they want to see from a list of available therapists and can filter via issue (depression/anxiety etc)/ language/ therapy type/ date/time, therefore finding the therapist that meets their needs. They then book with the therapist on the system and then have the appointment on the system. They therefore can have the appointment from wherever they want so long as they have Internet access. 

Notes are then stored securely on that patients profile on the system. 

Patients take assessments on the system in line with NHS data requirements, which are stored on the patient’s profile. 

Patients have access to their assessment results through their dashboard at any time and they can use the platform for taking and viewing assessments i.e. GAD7 and PHQ9 both during and post NHS treatment including the ability to book further appointments privately.

The platform can store any communication between the patient and therapist in regard to advice and suggestions that they may make in regard to treatment and which are available to the patient at all times.

We can create unique customised sub portal domains we call ‘tenancies’. This can be branded to the NHS trust and have a customised registration form and patient’s notes template. This allows customisation to help NHS staff. We are currently being used in IAPT services with an 80% recovery rate as compared to the NHS under 50%, we are also being used by a number of corporate organisations providing mental health for their employees and could be used by the NHS to help their staff.

We assign therapists to the individual tenancies so that only these show up. This way if an IAPT provider only wants CBT therapists currently working within IAPT they can have this. If they want a pain psychology service we only upload the pain psychology therapists to this tenancy. 

A trust could use its own therapists for this platform or could utilise our network providing out of hours and weekend appointments and at periods of high demand.

We can assign admin permissions to NHS staff to onboard patients to the system, see and download the patients notes/ registration/ assessments. When a patient is onboarded they can be assigned a set number of appointments, which is editable. 

We have integrated with the PRISM system to allow automatic upload of this data into NHS IAPT systems. 
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:

Workforce provision. NHS can struggle to recruit therapists. As the platform has no barriers of location of the therapist as they work from home it can utilise a workforce nationally and even internationally improving workforce provision and efficiency. It also brings those who may have taken a break from the NHS e.g. Maternity leave the ability to come back and work and provide for flexible working with the therapist putting up availability when it suits them to work.

Cost saving could save the NHS £29 million per annum if only 10% of current NHS face to face mental health appointments were undertaken using video technology. Our Cost for step three patient per appointment £60 NHS national average £100-160 (unit costs of social care).

Dr Julian reduces time taken off work by patients by allowing therapy appointments to be undertaken at the convenience of the patient around their life-style/work 24/7 therefore providing a benefit to the UK economy.

Dr Julian can assist with periods of high demand utilising our network of therapists nationwide and providing 7 day 24/7 help.


By utilising our platform we are able to create huge efficiency in the system and be 1/3 of the cost of traditional models of care. It enables us to utilise a national workforce  of therapists and enable patient choice of who they want to see and when. As therapists work from home it also provides out of hours appointments, is much better for them and allows them to work more efficiently via the platform. As assessments are undertaken on the platform that link with NHS systems it again makes the system more efficient as patients can undertake the assessment before the session maximising their therapy time with the need for minimal admin input as the system does most of the admin.

It also allows patients to see a leading expert in a particular area if they need potentially globally and allows them to be matched to the most appropriate therapist for them. We have already shown better clinical outcomes than standard practice with huge patient satisfaction.

It also helps those patients who may struggle to leave the house/ who are in remote areas and those that cant speak english as allows them to choose a therapist that can speak their language including sign language therefore helps ethnic and minority groups all they need is access to the internet which is ever improving.
 
Initial Review Rating
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Benefit to WM population:
Dr Julian is currently being used in Thurrock, Lancashire on an going commercial contract and in Pilot with Oxleas, Milton Keynes and North London. It is gaining momentum with other IAPT services.

In a recent review of outcomes of our longest standing contract in Thurrock IAPT service we have delivered:

Improved recovery rates our recovery rate is 70%. The NHS average is 50%. Patient gets choice of therapist and therefore finds the right therapist for them, fast access to therapy at a time that suits them and from home.

Reduced DNA (did not attend) rates as the platform is built around patient choice. Our DNA rate is 5% as compared to the previous and NHS average over 20%.

Fast access to therapy reducing distress, symptomatology and negative thoughts/thoughts of self-harm. We have appointments available on the same day and all patients are able to book at a time of their choice within 2 weeks of receiving referral.

Dr Julian helps those house-bound and those who find it difficult to travel to appointments by allowing therapy appointments from wherever the patient finds them convenient such as their own home.

Dr Julian improves patient satisfaction as patients feel more comfortable accessing therapy from an environment they are more comfortable in with near 100% user satisfaction rating.

 
Current and planned activity: 
We are currently contracted with Thurrock Inclusion IAPT service, Lancashire Minds Matter with regular patients referred to us per month between 10-20 and increasing. This was post successful pilots with these two trusts. We are in pilot with Milton Keynes and Oxleas IAPT services with plans for longer term provision with them. We are in coversations with multiple other trusts who would also like to use our services due to the very positive word of mouth feedback from the other trusts. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We own all our IP 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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