Other innovations
If your innovation doesn’t fit any of the active categories then this is the place to submit your innovation for feedback and the opportunity for wider adoption across the region.

Ideas (Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention)

Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Consultant Connect enables a GP to dial a single number to immediately reach an appropriate specialist.  Immediate Advice and Guidance is better for patients, clinicians & NHS. It is currently used in Elective, Urgent & Mental Health care settings.
Overview of Innovation:
Consultant Connect www.consultantconnect.org.uk is a simple CCG funded telecoms system that provides GPs with immediate access to telephone-based specialty mental health advice and guidance. By talking to a specialist, often whilst the patient is still in the surgery, the GP is better able to provide the right care first time to the patient, often avoiding an unnecessary referral or admission.  The specialist is based within a nearby NHS Trust Hospital.
 
GP calls connect directly, via a standard rate number, to teams of local specialists via their mobile phones with each specialist getting c 20 seconds to answer a call before it automatically forwards on to the next specialist. By connecting to teams of specialists, rather than to individuals, the connection rates are high.  The order in which specialists receive calls is based on a Rota of specialist availability that has been provided by the team. This rota can be either managed by us or by the team itself through an online portal.  The team of specialists are based in the local NHS Trusts.
 
Once connected, calls are recorded as highly encrypted, information-governed digital files which provide a medico-legal record which is available to the relevant GP practice and specialist team.  At the end of the call GPs are asked to stay on the line for a few seconds to rank the outcome – this gives the CCG a broad view as to the effectiveness of the system and their investment in it. Specialists are also asked to rank the outcome via text message as a back-up.
 
This service is in operation nationally across many specialties in physical and mental health.

In what instances should/can Consultant Connect be used?
The way in which this system is used is ultimately determined by the CCGs, Trust/Specialists and GP practices collectively, but it is generally accepted that calls will be made for patient-specific advice.
 
Within mental health we can connect GPs to the most appropriate mental health clinical professional (e.g. Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist) to discuss issues such as:
  • Whether a referral is needed
  • Medication management/prescribing questions
  • Access to crisis support
We offer our service to best meet local needs between service users, GPs and Mental Health Trusts. 
 
We can tailor by service, specialty or pathway.
The speed of connection is such that the GP’s can (at their discretion) call whilst a patient is still with them.

Consultant Connect Service
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWmNUubMCAE
 
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 / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Why Trusts and CCGs work with us
  • Better patient experience – speeds up the care pathway, avoidance of unnecessary visits and contact with secondary care services, reductions in follow-up visits to GP Practices
  • Better GP experience – more patient episodes conclude with no follow-up work, case based learning, reconnecting with specialists
  • Better specialist experience – reduction in inappropriate referrals to secondary care services, reduction in the number of written requests for advice that require responses, reconnecting with GPs
  • Better for the mental health trust and CCG – full tracking of Advice & Guidance activity, greater ‘whole system’ efficiency, with savings available to support other hospital and community initiatives

How we perform
  • In Physical Health, across all elective care specialties, 66% of calls to Consultant Connect result in the patient avoiding a trip to hospital (referral or admission)
     
  • In Physical Health, across all of urgent care specialties, 27% of calls avoid a hospital trip that day (attendance or admission) and a further 36% of from A&E
     
  • In Mental Health, 39% of calls to our Mental Health Advice & Guidance line avoided a referral
 
What a Consultant Connect call has meant to …
… GPs
“The call enabled me to deal with some abnormal results in an efficient manner – which tests to request and what to do with the results. Saved a referral.”

… Consultants
“I took a call regarding a patient with syncope and ataxia. I avoided an unnecessary admission and got the lady seen urgently in an outpatient clinic.”

… Commissioners
“Consultant Connect is our only QIPP scheme that is over delivering against its YTD QIPP target. I’m genuinely struggling to know how to deal with all this positivity. It’s very unusual in my line of work. Great news.”
 
Testimonials:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEu7QDT4PzI
 
Initial Review Rating
4.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Nearly 2,000 patients were spared an avoidable visit to hospital in the West Midlands by GPs who used Consultant Connect to contact specialists for immediate advice.
 
Doctors in the West Midlands turned to Consultant Connect, which allows them to speak to a specialist, often with the patient still in the room and can save them waiting days for a response or being sent to hospital for further checks.
 
Around 1,850 patients were spared going to Sandwell Hospital as well as Heartland and Good Hope Hospitals in Birmingham.
 
The service covers cardiology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynaecology, general surgery, haematology, paediatrics, renal medicine, urology and respiratory medicine.
 
Since the phone line launched, GPs from 100 surgeries across Walsall, Sandwell and Solihull have made nearly 2,500 calls to specialists to get expert advice on the best care for their patients.
 
Consultant Connect estimates that West Midlands GPs and consultants have saved the NHS £570,000 by ensuring patients get the right treatment from the beginning.
 
When local GPs used Consultant Connect, around 50 per cent of their patients avoided the inconvenience of a trip to hospital.
 
Ref: Pharmacy Choice, 9 June, 2017
https://www.pharmacychoice.com/news/article.cfm?Article_ID=1832970
In one West Midlands CCG, the number of outpatient referrals dropped by 6 per cent over a three-month period.   This was Solihull CCG into HEFT (Heart of England Foundation Trust). 
https://www.consultantconnect.org.uk/breaking-news-ccg-establishes-consultant-connect-responsible-for-6-dip-in-referrals

We are currently working with the following CCGs in the West Midlands AHSN area:
 
Solihull CCG, Coventry and Rugby CCG, South Warwickshire CCG, North Warwickshire CCG, Worcestershire (South Worcestershire CCG, Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and Wyre Forest CCG).  We are also working with the GP Federation Modality Partners in Sandwell.
 
We are working with the following Trusts:
  • HEFT - Heart of England NHS FT
  • SWFT - South Warwickshire NHS FT
  • UHCW - University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • WAHT - Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust - SWBH
  • George Eliot Hospital (GEH)
Current and planned activity: 
Current activity:
We are delivering Consultant Connect with over 45 CCGs across the UK, covering more than 12.8 million patients and over 1,700 GP practices.  To date we have handled 98,000 calls.

Planned/Required activity:
We would like to further roll out Consultant Connect to willing GPs and Trusts.  We would also appreciate any assistance in undertaking a formal return on investment review of our service to show very clear and robust data that we save money, and quickly.
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Consultant Connect Ltd own the telecoms system software and BI data reporting.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Jenny Welling-Palmer 15/02/2018 - 14:38 Publish 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Simple visual tools that enable people who cannot communicate to convey the location and nature of their pain or discomfort. They can then be given appropriate support and treatment.
Overview of Innovation:
Many people suffering pain and discomfort cannot tell anyone about their distress. They may have a permanent or temporary communication difficulty, or they cannot speak English. Because of this, their pain and discomfort may be ignored.
 
Show Me Where is suite of simple visual tools that enable adults and children to convey the location and nature of their pain or discomfort. They can then be given appropriate support and treatment.
 
Show Me Where was created by Irene Hammond, a school nurse from the Hollies Special School, Cardiff for children with autism and speech disabilities. These children were unable to communicate pain and were impossible to examine because of anxiety or sensory issues. 
 
Since being introduced Show Me Where has been recognised as a valuable resource for a much wider range of people in a variety of settings including clinical, education and domestic.
 
Show Me Where is available in printed and digital app versions (via Apple and Google Play App Stores) for both children and adults. The apps also offer a range of languages to facilitate communication with non-English speakers. 
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Polish
  • Somali
  • Urdu
  • Welsh
Show Me Where can be used with a wide range of people and in any setting:
  • Stroke   
  • Autism (ASD)
  • Dementia  
  • Disabilities e.g. CP, MS
  • Deafness and hearing problems
  • Intubated or tracheostomy
  • Trauma or anxiety
  • Non English-speakers
"We use Show Me Where as part of the Pain Assessment and Management Toolkit for Patients with Communication Difficulties in all clinical areas. We endorse its value in clinical practice." Sue Mogford, Lead Nurse, Pain Team, Cardiff and Vale UHB

The tools are very simple to use. Affected people are presented with a version of Show Me Where and asked if they are in pain. If ‘yes’ is indicated they are shown a list of body images to select from. Very quickly an accurate assessment can be made of the location and nature of pain and discomfort. Presenting the tool on a regular basis reduces stress and anxiety and ensures the early detection of pain with vulnerable people.
 
In a clinical environment it is helpful for family, friends and nursing assistants to triage individuals and therefore support a more rapid and effective examination by healthcare professionals. It also enables clinicians to inform the patient and gain consent for medical examination and interventions.

"This app is brilliant!" Sunshine Haskell BA Hons, PGCE Teacher, The Hollies Special School
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 / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Many people suffering pain and discomfort are unable to tell anyone about their distress. They may have a permanent or temporary communication difficulty, or they cannot speak English. Because of this their pain and discomfort may be ignored. Show Me Where makes diagnosis and treatment more effective and efficient for health and social care professionals. It aslo improves the quality of life for individuals living with the pain and discomfort. Accessibility and parity are both improved.
Initial Review Rating
3.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Many people suffering pain and discomfort are unable to tell anyone about their distress. They may have a permanent or temporary communication difficulty, or they cannot speak English. Because of this their pain and discomfort may be ignored. Show Me Where not only improves the detection, treatment and management of pain it makes diagnosis and treatment more effective and efficient.
Current and planned activity: 
Show Me Where has been available for some time via Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. They have entered a partnership with Focus Games Ltd to make the tools more widely available by promoting the tools more effectively. Show Me Where is officially endorsed by the following organisations
  • University Hospital of Wales (C&VUHB)
  • Llandough Hospital (C&VUHB)
  • St David's Children's Centre (C&VUHB)
  • Ty Hafan, Children's Hospice
  • Special Needs Schools in Wales
  • Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST)
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP is owned by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
Being widely used in hospitals and special schools in Wales.
Measures:
Improve the recognition of pain and its management among people with communication difficultis. Especially vulnerable groups.
Adoption target:
Ideally every organisation or individual that deals with people who have communication difficulties would use Show Me Where. There is no minimum viability level.
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Andy Yeoman 29/01/2018 - 09:52 Detailed Submission Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Children are at risk of serious harm or even death because adults are mixing alcohol consumption with caring and parental responsibilitie. This campaign poses the question - "when parents drink, who's in charge?'
Overview of Innovation:
Parents from all backgrounds are putting their children at risk when they drink alcohol at home.

The 'Who's In Charge?' campaign from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust depicts real life child harm scenarios and asks – ‘when you drink, who’s in charge?’

The campaign was conceived in response to concerns that growing numbers of babies and children are at risk of serious harm because of the way their parents consume alcohol at home.

Safeguarding professionals warn that children are being placed in danger and even losing their lives because adults who in many cases do not consider themselves excessive drinkers are not exercising normal levels of care and attention while drinking or recovering from the after-effects of over-indulgence in alcohol.

And they warn of a ‘double jeopardy’ effect - that drinking too much alcohol can not only reduce a parent’s capacity to appropriately respond to children’s needs, but also make the drunken adult an active danger to the child.

One of the most worrying trends identified locally and nationally is a rise in the number of baby deaths connected with sleeping on a sofa with an adult who is under the influence of alcohol, the number of children left to care for their younger siblings and the impact of the example of parents’ drinking patterns on young people.

The number of victims of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome who were sleeping with a parent on a sofa has risen.

The campaign urges parents, and others with responsibility for children, to be aware of a range of potentially dangerous consequences if no adult remains sufficiently sober and aware of children’s needs or whereabouts.


In one year in Birmingham alone: 
  • 82% of babies who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome were sleeping with a parent at the time
  • 56% of these deaths were on a sofa; 44% in the parental bed.
  • 78% of the fatalities were associated with parental alcohol use at the time
  • while 44% involved parental drug use.
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 / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
  • supportive of statutory safeguarding responsibilities through reduced risk of harm to children and young people
  • supportive of adult clinical services due to reduced risk of harm to adults through excessive alcohol consumption.
  • community cohesion
  • marketing and education resources for professionals eg. health visitors, school nurses.
Initial Review Rating
3.60 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
  • reduced risk of harm to children and young
  • reduced risk of harm to adults through excessive alcohol consumption.
  • community cohesion
Current and planned activity: 
A set of photographs has been commissioned depicting hard-hitting photographic case study scenarios based on real life evidence from serious case reviews and other reported incidents.

AVAILABLE TO OTHER TRUSTS FREE OF CHARGE - If you wish to use these in your organisation, please contact David Disley-Jones or MidTECH Innovations (www.midtech.org.uk).

A simple logo was designed and has been trade-mark protected with the IPO.
A set of posters has been produced which have been displayed in a variety of locations.
A set of aide memoire cards has been produced for use by professionals such as health visitors and school nurses to generate discussion and raise awareness.
Who's In Charge? has been licensed to British Armed Forces in Germany for use on military bases, in acknowledgement of the issue of alcoholic consumption among military families.

 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The logo and the use of the phrase 'Who's in Charge?' (in certain contexts) has been trade-marked with the IPO.
The photographs are copyright BCHC/Roy Peters Photography.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
low
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Co-Authors:
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Reduce bedblocking and improve ward care by enabling ward access to digital data upon admission of personal knowledge of the patient including This Is Me, My Passport and Risk data, and assist with stepdown process and therapy
Overview of Innovation:
ReMe supports dementia, older people, carers and families and accompanies the person across their care journey. ReMe was trialled and co-produced by dom care, care homes and in wards.
A new breed, we’ve christened ReMe ‘Activity Based’ software, to differentiate from care planning. For patient knowledge and the ability to enhance care comes from activities, not data input. By using algorithms to source bespoke internet images, music and videos and define a profile it’s possible to deliver more person-centred care. At ReMe’s core are activity tools that learn about the person, such as reminiscence and cognitive therapy, and enable discovering calming content for acute care strategies. ReMe stores life stories, preferences and interests and connects with a care circle, as well as creating automated activity reports which can be sent to the user's family.
Around this person-centred care core are business tools each care sector’s needs. Therefore, ReMe achieves an ROI by assisting in client acquisition, care assessment, acute care planning, management and paper reduction, activity creation, scheduling and data collation, whilst providing family and admin reporting. With cross care sector data connectivity and real portability, ReMe becomes part of a dementia acute care strategy.
For care in the community, ReMe’s free with premium subscriber services. With self-management, connectivity, entertainment and activities and by generating data, ReMe supports daily care, celebrates a life, strengthens family links and tackles agitation, depression and isolation, becoming a highly-personalised resource and recourse.
ReMe is used currently in the following care sectors.
For dom care, ReMe improves care, client engagement, reports and generates extra revenue through selling extra hours based on a wellbeing and family connected value added service.
For care homes, ReMe helps families engage in the care process, carers use tablets productively, reduces paper and enhances activities, therapy and reporting. ReMe improves care and saves money.
For hospitals, ReMe is a low-cost means to better know the patient; that improves admission, through digital connection to the care home and dom carer providing access to knowledge of the patients’ ‘day before’ care profile. ReMe enhances person centred care, patient wellbeing, reporting and stepdown.
ReMe is easily adopted with no legacy software or training needs.
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 / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
RemindMeCare (ReMe) delivers savings for the NHS through its care in the community self-management functionality reducing admissions, an improved admissions process (i.e. Digital This Is Me, Risk and My Health Passport), enhanced in-ward care, reduced medication and more informed step down.
 
ReMe provides connectivity with care homes, domiciliary care, day care centres and families, and enables better knowledge of the person to be used in person-centred care delivery.
 
Continuity of bespoke, tech advanced activities and therapies, that enhance patient wellbeing, engagement, person centred care and acute dementia care, generate improved patient outcomes, reduced agitation, medication and drugs costs, as well as better informed step down and earlier discharge.
 
Increased availability of personal and risk data reduces risk (and possibly litigation), resort to medication and wellbeing decline, so ReMe aims to reduce bed days.
 
ReMe supports improved family visits and overnight stays through the provision of familiar content and entertainment.
 
Automatic care activities recording, for CQC/admin reporting and research is available.
 
Evidence of value is shown only by the demand and positive feedback received from care homes, LA’s, hospitals and families nationwide but will be formalised shortly.
 
ReMe addresses the Next Steps NHS Five Year Forward View; by reducing A&E/GP visits, making patients information available to clinicians; enabling prescribing apps to help people manage their own health, addressing loneliness and aiding carer respite and assisting LA requirements regarding services provision and monitoring.
 
We’re pioneering this connected care approach in conjunction with SWLCC 5-year strategy, focussing on care quality, safety and cost savings, addressing the defined challenges of avoiding hospital admission, supporting ‘Community services to meet the highest standards and working more closely with primary care, mental health, acute hospital services and social care’. Our participation in the Better Care funded Croydon APA project defines ReMe’s role in the budget shift from hospitals to the integration of health and social care, through the coordination of care. Critically, ReMe addresses recommendations by NICE to focus on person centred and family care support through engaging consumers with a user-friendly product that promotes self-management of illness including long term conditions.
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
RemindMeCare delivers support for older people and people with dementia, their carers and families and which is portable and usable by their carers, from home to domiciliary, live-in, day care, residential and ward care. ReMe was developed with people in the NHS and trialled in wards and care homes.
ReMe is a new breed we’ve christened ‘Activity Based’ software to differentiate itself from care planning software. For knowledge of the person and the ability to enhance care is derived from activity provision, not from data input.
By providing self-management tools and engaging activities and by generating data, ReMe supports daily care, celebrates a life, strengthens links with family and tackles agitation, depression and isolation. ReMe becomes a daily highly personalised resource and recourse for those people involved in care.
ReMe’s suite of person-centred care algorithm based activity tools enhance care and are the constant core across all care sectors, and continually learn about the person wherever they may be. ReMe’s the only system that offers bespoke reminiscence and cognitive therapy by sourcing images, music and videos that are unique to the user and so enables discovering calming content for acute care strategies. ReMe stores life stories, preferences and interests with carers and a care circle, as well as creating automated activity reports which can be sent to the user's family.
Wrapped around this person-centred care core are business tools that address the needs of each care sector encountered by the person, including those common to all such as CQC reporting and family engagement.
RemindMeCare goes further, achieving an ROI for care businesses and wards by assisting in care assessment, acute care planning, management and paper reduction, activity creation/scheduling/planning and data collation, whilst providing family, admin and regulatory body reporting. With cross care sector data connectivity and real portability, ReMe becomes part of a dementia acute care strategy for whichever care sector at any time is caring for the person. For the ward, ReMe offers access to the vital knowledge of ‘the day before’ care profile of the admitted patient and the benefits that enhanced person centred care can deliver.
Usable on any platform and with encrypted data, ico compliance (G Cloud pending), ReMe has addressed information governance and digital security.
Please view videos (https://www.remindmecare.com/business/ward/ )
Current and planned activity: 
ReMeApp: self-management care tools that assist maintain care in the community, improve the ability of carers to deliver bespoke care and connect the person with their care circle and with their community; to reduce resort to GP and A&E through enhanced care circle engagement. Dementia care training is included and partnerships with Dementia Pathfinders and Worcester University will be extended achieve delivery.
ReMeData: Integration with Care Planning systems; ie with patient’s systems (such as CMC) and others as required.ReMeGP:  GP Connectivity. Through remote connectivity tools GP’s can remain engaged, be better informed but on a remote basis. The intended result is less resort to disturbing surgery visits. GP connectivity will be release in 2018.
ReMeComm: self-management care tools for those cared for in the community, that match the person cared for with local community activities (A partnership pending with Worcester University, CarersUK, MeetingDem and others. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We are the sole owners of our IP
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Nearly 40% of NHS staff have reported feeling unwell as a result of stress (NHS Staff Survey).
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based programme designed to help individuals to prevent, identify and tackle stress and mental health problems.
Overview of Innovation:
NHS staff are more likely than the rest of the working population to become patients, increasing demands on the system they work in (King's Fund).

Altruist Enterprises are experienced in providing training to help organisations to prevent, identify and tackle stress within organisations.

Since forming in 2013, we have grown from 1 trainer to 3 members of staff and 10 contracted trainers delivering courses nationally with notable customers including Birmingham Children's Hospital, Solihull Council and WMAHSN.

We currently offer the following main courses to the NHS:

Resilience Training - A 3 hour course which helps employees to manage stress and build resilience in an everchanging work environment using proactive approaches.

“I learnt how to recognise situations in my daily working and home life that I can work on to reduce my personal stress and build my resilience. We were taken through a process which allowed us to challenge our negative thoughts and look at things from a different perspective. A very helpful course”. Federica Merella, Consultant Anaesthetist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Mental Health First Aid Lite - A 3 hour evidence based mental health awareness course accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

“We learnt about some of the main mental health problems, how to support others who may be experiencing issues and also discussed ways to support our own well-being. The course was very thought provoking”. Sophia Nasreisfahany, Solihull Council

Adult Mental Health First Aid - A 2 day evidence based indepth mental health awareness course accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

"This 2 day training delivered by Altruist was one of the most fulfilling training courses I have attended.  Having worked in the NHS for 17 years and managing staff for 13 of those I found this course enlightening.  It compounded how mental health affects us all no matter what your background is.  It also really tackled the stigma of using the words “mental health”.  Practical advice, tips and scenarios were used to give us a toolbox of strategies to help staff.  On reflection of my own career I now realise I have been in this position many times and now I feel more empowered and equipped to deal with these sensitive situations". Helen Hunt, WMAHSN

We measure outcomes including increases in knowledge and personal confidence in supporting others. We can also measure reduction in absenteeism and recently helped a local charity reduce absence by 25%.
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 / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce
Benefit to NHS:
Increase in Confidence and Knowledge - Consultant Anaesthetists at Birmingham Children's Hospital saw a 32% increase in personal confidence of managing stress levels following our Resilience course. (Delegates are asked to rate their personal confidence, scale of 1-10 in managing stress levels and knowledge of resiliency building skills before and after the course).
Reduction in sickness absence - Stress affects the health and quality of life of staff. The benefits of tackling work-related stress are the obvious ones of more staff at work more of the time, and the reduction in sickness absence and its associated costs.
Improved Employee and Community Engagement - It also demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to its workforce and to addressing their health needs. This, in turn, affects how the organisation is perceived by both staff and the local community in terms of being a good employer.
Reduction in costs-  employees who are away from work because of stress will have to have their work covered by other staff, frequently bank or agency. Investment in stress management can reduce the need for this expenditure – one NHS trust reported a saving of £500,000 a year in agency cover costs.
Improved patient care - Chronic stress can lead to an increase in accidents and cause safety issues for staff and patients. Investment in resilience and stress management training will help reduce the risk.
NHS seen as innovators - There is a current campaign in government to make Mental Health First Aid a compulsory element of First Aid training in the workplace.
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Mental Health costs the West Midlands region £12 billion a year & affects around 70,000 people (West Midlands Combined Authority). Poor mental health results in enormous distress for individuals, greater pressure on public services and reduced economic productivity.
Current and planned activity: 
We recently delivered our Resilience course to doctors at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We also recently delivered a Mental Health First Aid pilot course to NHS staff in partnership with WMAHSN.
 
We appreciate that the NHS are a large employer and that budgets are continuously being squeezed as demand for services increases. That is why we would introduce a Train the Trainer programme which will allow knowledge, skills and best practice to be cascaded throughout the organisation.
 
Trainers will be selected based on their knowledge of mental health, facilitation skills and willingness to be the go-to person for any concerns.
 
We envisage that the Train the Trainer programme will include an initial mental health workshop to give delegates the opportunity to experience the course first hand, presentation skills and facilitated tasks and assessments.
 
Alongside this, Altruist’s expert trainers will also continue to deliver Resilience and Mental Health First Aid courses to selected groups.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Altruist Enterprises are licensed providers of the Mental Health First Aid courses.
The Resilience course and its materials were produced and is owned by Altruist Enterprises UK Limited.
​Altruist Enterprises UK Ltd was incorporated in February 2013 and began trading in August 2013. 
www.altruistuk.com and altruist.community and its content is owned by Altruist Enterprises UK Ltd.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
2
Regional Scalability:
We would introduce a Train the Trainer programme which will allow knowledge, skills and best practice to be cascaded throughout the organisation therefore aiding scalability.
Alongside this, Altruist’s expert trainers will also continue to deliver Resilience and Mental Health First Aid courses to selected groups. Altruist operate nationally and work with 10 regular contracted trainers and have access to a further bank of 35 specialist trainers.

We are currently 1 year into a 2 year training contract with Stoke on Trent City Council, delivering the Mental Health First Aid Lite course to employees. Delegates that have attended these courses have seen between a 30% - 60% increase in personal confidence of supporting others experiencing stress/mental health problems.
Measures:
All delegates that attend our training courses are required to complete an evaluation form to measure the impact that the workshop has had. Delegates are asked to rate their knowledge of resiliency building skills, personal confidence in managing stress and confidence in supporting others on a scale of 1-10 before and after the course. Percentage increases are then calculated. For this particular contract, we would look for between a 35% - 55% increase in knowledge/confidence following courses.

We will aim for a minimum of 80% good/very good feedback from delegates.
Adoption target:
Minimum of 3 x NHS Trusts enagaged
3 x 5 day train the trainer programmes to be delivered within first 12 months
24 x 3 hour courses to be delivered within the first 12 months
12 x 2 day courses to be delivered within the first 12 months
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':

Converting Clinical lab based Xanthochromia procedure into Near Patient testing/Point of Care Procedure using pocket sized spectrometer.

Overview of Innovation:

I am thinking of converting Xanthochromia lab based spectrophotometry procedure (SAH/fatal accidents/Head injuries) into Point-of-care/Near patient testing (POCT) procedure. A small pocket sized spectrometer is going to come soon in the market.

The device is a molecular sensor with cloud based database. The company offers developmental tools to build the database, by scanning  every material that exists in this world..from paracetamol to material science. 

Converting this to POCT offer some advantages: The patient's sample need not travel long from A/E to Lab. AE consultants/Nurses themselves without much technical comptency can perform the procedure with ease and early intervention/timely diagnosis is made possible: facilitating quicker clinical decisions, reduce length of stay..improve morbidity and mortality. The Challenge ahead is converting this device into a FIT FOR PURPOSE medical diagnostic POCT device.

Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:

Converting this to POCT offer some advantage: The patient's sample need not travel long from A/E to Lab. AE consultants/Nurses can perform the procedure with ease and early intervention/timely diagnosis is made possible: facilitating quicker clinical decisions, reduce length of stay..improve morbidity and mortality. The Challenge ahead is converting this device into a FIT FOR PURPOSE medical diagnostic POCT device.

Initial Review Rating
3.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:

Converting this to POCT offer some advantage: The patient's sample need not travel long from A/E to Lab. AE consultants/Nurses can perform the procedure with ease and early intervention/timely diagnosis is made possible: facilitating quicker clinical decisions, reduce length of stay..improve morbidity and mortality. The Challenge ahead is converting this device into a FIT FOR PURPOSE medical diagnostic POCT device.

Current and planned activity: 

Contacted the chief technology officer of the Company (Consumer physics) awaiting response for modifying the device into POCT medical diagnostic device. If green signal given may discuss with NHS trust and start the joint development/clinical trial/evaluation/validation/verification using NHS trust as base 

What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:

N/A

Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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GANAESH 27/10/2016 - 03:21 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
The i-THRIVE programme aims to improve children and young people’s mental health outcomes by working with 30 sites across the country to implement the THRIVE framework.
Overview of Innovation:
i-THRIVE is national programme of innovation and improvement in child and adolescent mental health. It is an NHS Innovation Accelerator and is currently being implemented in national accelerator sites across the country. It is delivered by supporting localities to implement the THRIVE Framework through their CAMHS transformation and service improvement programmes.

i-THRIVE Community of Practice 
More than 30 sites make up the i-THRIVE Community of Practice. The Community of Practice includes organisations that are using the THRIVE framework as the basis of their CAMHS transformation and improvement programmes who then share learning about the implementation of THRIVE and how it can be adopted to fit with their local plans for service redesign. Nearly 25% of the young people in England live within a locality that is a member of the i-THRIVE Community of Practice.

THRIVE
THRIVE Elaborated (Wolpert et al, 2015) can be downloaded here: THRIVE Elaborated

i-THRIVE
i-THRIVE is the implementation of the THRIVE conceptual framework, translating the THRIVE core principles into models of care that fit local contexts. Key to this process is the use of evidence based approaches to implementation.
 
i-THRIVE supports the provision of services using a whole-system, or place-based, approach to the delivery of child mental health services. This involves taking a population approach to delivery of care; enabling integration across health, care, education and third sectors, and a central focus on delivering improved outcomes for children and young people.
 
Choice and personalisation of care are core values and these are delivered in part through systematic implementation of shared decision making. To support this, a range of validated measures, tools and educational programmes have been developed by partners and are included in the i-THRIVE Implementation Toolkit, including the CollaboRATE measure, Option Grids and shared decision making training through the i-THRIVE Academy.

i-THRIVE Partnership Organisations
i-THRIVE is delivered through a partnership between the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the Dartmouth Centre for Healthcare Delivery Science and UCLPartners.

Further Information
Further information about i-THRIVE and examples of successful implementation in sites can be found at http://www.implementingthrive.org/. For the latest news and updates you can also follow us on Twitter: @iTHRIVEinfo.
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
i-THRIVE and the THRIVE framework have been developed to align with and to support established system transformation and quality improvement methodology. The i-THRIVE model is aligned to emerging tariff payments and is identified within Future in Mind as a suggested model of care.
 
i-THRIVE encapsulates many of the key strategic requirements for delivering CAMHS over the next few years. The NHS Five Year Forward View emphasises services being person-centered, the importance of early intervention, taking a whole system approach and enabling self-care, all of which are core to the THRIVE framework and in the delivery of i-THRIVE. By supporting sites to deliver i-THRIVE we will be helping them to deliver the changes called for in Future in Mind.

Expected benefits include increased proportion of young people accessing CAMHS with higher proportional improvement in vulnerable groups due to outreach and the location and accessibility of assessment services. There will be increased use of community services, self-care and peer-support networks as a result of effective signposting. We expect to see a reduction in waiting times and increased engagement with services with young people involved in co-designing services, their care and in peer-support networks. Efficiency gains are also expected.
Initial Review Rating
4.40 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
We are currently working with sites in the West Midlands to support them in the delivery of i-THRIVE.
Current and planned activity: 
i-THRIVE is currently supporting 30 sites across the country to develop and implement the THRIVE framework as part of their CAMHS transformation plans. The programme is funded by Health Education England, The Health Foundation and the NHS Innovation Accelerator to directly support NHS sites  and their partners in local government, education and the third sector, by providing learning and development resources, sharing evidence based tools for implementation, the sharing of good practice and support for evaluation.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
3
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Emma Louisy 06/09/2016 - 16:24 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
A comprehensive package of training and development on safegaurding adults, mental capacity, deprivation of liberty safeguards and Prevent delivered through training DVDs, e-learning packages, patient stories, face-to-face training and webinars. 
Overview of Innovation:
Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are mandatory training for all staff working with vulnerable adults across the health and social care economy. As this inevitably requires large numbers of staff, organisations are constantly being challenged with meeting the training compliance needed. This training is also required every 3 years.

This flexible training package is designed to meet the training needs of various organisations who have statutory obligations in this area. The training package includes:

- Safeguarding adults level 1 raising awareness 
- Safeguarding adults level 2 alerter/referrer 
- Safeguarding adults level 3 section 42 enquiries/case conference 
- Mental Capacity Act introduction
- Mental Capacity Act in practice
- Deprivation of Liberty introduction
- Deprivation of Liberty in practice
- Prevent
- Specialist modules on
    * self-neglect
    * modern day slavery and human trafficking
    * Female genital mutilation (FGM)
    * Domestic violence

These training modules can be delivered via:

- E-learning package including anonymised real patient story videos developed by the Trust
- Face-to-face for more advanced training
- Webinars
- Bespoke training individually costed
- Educational material such as booklets, posters, leaflets

All educational and training material can be customised to include the receiving organisation's branding and logo.

More bespoke services include:
- Organisational Review of existing safeguarding processes ,policies and procedures
- Develop safeguarding plan based on gap analysis
- Policy Development
- Risk Assessment, Care planning, report writing , Court reports
- Individual management reviews for SAR’s Domestic Homicide reviews
- Audit Evaluation and Implementation Plan
- Organisational preparation for CQC Inspections
- Organisational quality, risk and governance assurance
Stage of Development:
Close to market - Prototype near completion and final form may require additional validation/evaluation and all CE marking and regulatory requirements are in place
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
- Flexible learning packages to meet mandatory training requirements for NHS organisations who do not have the capacity to provide the training in-house
- Improving the knowledge and skills of the workforce which will improve the safeguarding of patients
- Reduce organisational risk
- Improve outcomes for patients and carers
- Reduces demands on clinical time by way of providing training through e-learning
- Access to the most up-to-date contents as our team are constantly updating the training material
Online Discussion Rating
4.00 (1 ratings)
Initial Review Rating
3.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The safeguarding of vulnerable adults is now statutory under the Care Act 2014. As such, its implementation is required locally, regionally and nationally.

According to the editorial of Journal of Adult Protection Vol 18, No 2, 2016: "Across West Midlands, local authorities are struggling with the effects of austerity measures, unprotected social care budgets, restructuring, under-valued care workers, redundancies and more generally on the rising demands associated with an ageing society". Following re-organisation, many of the local authorities are struggling with a younger and less-experienced workforce with less intellectual memory and too many agency staff. This will be even more so in West Midlands following the councils' devolution plan delivery. This calls for increased training and support for staff delivering front-line services where demands have risen and resourses have dwindled. 
Current and planned activity: 
Currently we provide training to BCHCFT workforce which comprises over 5,000 members of staff. In addition, we provide training to limited number of NHS Trusts and a wider workforce in hospice care, special schools and some private and commissioning groups. All of this has been achieved through recommendations rather than utilising any marketing strategies.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Training material need to be protected.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
The service can be provided across the West Midlands Health Authority region.
Measures:
- Provides the organisation across the health and social care with the mandatory training for staff dealing with vulnerable adults
- Knowledge assessment at the end of the training to ascertain the competences acquired by the individuals
Adoption target:
Health and social care organisations and private sector
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anne mcgarry 12/07/2016 - 16:18 Sign Posted Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
We run a Suicide Crisis Centre in Gloucestershire, which was set up and is run by a person with lived experience. We've been providing services for 3 years and have never had a suicide of a client under our care.
Overview of Innovation:
The charity Suicide Crisis was set up in December 2012. It was set up by a woman who experienced suicidal crisis following a traumatic experience in March of that year. She couldn't find the right kind of help so she created what would have helped her. Our services have evolved to become what our clients have said they want and need. They have shown us what additional services we have needed to provide.

First we set up a Trauma Centre in May 2013 and this continues to run as part of our charity. This is about early intervention: supporting people to try to prevent a descent into crisis. After she was discharged by the NHS crisis team in the summer of 2012, the founder of Suicide Crisis was told that there would be an 8-month wait before she could access psychological therapy. Whilst waiting for therapy, she attempted suicide twice. This highlighted the need for ongoing support after a traumatic experience.    

The Suicide Crisis Centre opened in autumn 2013 and is based in the centre of Cheltenham and serves the whole of Gloucestershire. Clients can come in every day when at high risk. We provide face to face individual support.

A client at particularly high risk will have access to 24-hour support.

We have never had a suicide of a client under our care and have identified a number of reasons why. We believe that it's because of a combination of the way that our services are set up and our ethos. We're happy to give presentations about our work to explain this.

We often look to psychiatrists and professors for possible ways of reducing the number of people who die by suicide. We are different in that it is a 'mental health patient' who came up with the idea of our Suicide Crisis Centre, set it up and who continues to run it. Although she had no contact with mental health services prior to 2012, she has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and a posttraumatic syndrome. We have gone beyond co-production. This has been originated by a service user.

Our work is now starting to attract national attention. We have been visited by Helen Garnham, the national lead on suicide prevention at Public Health England. She has described our work as "inspiring" and asked us to address a suicide summit in February in London. Luciana Berger, the former Shadow Minister for Mental Health, asked to visit us in January and met staff and clients. The South West Zero Suicide Collaborative's steering group has described our work as "inspirational" and "extraordinary". 
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 / Wellness and prevention of illness
Benefit to NHS:
We are providing something very different from NHS services but have found that mental health professionals are interested in understanding why our clients survive and how we have achieved zero suicide.
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Our Suicide Crisis Centre is helping people to survive who may have died by suicide. We are also helping to prevent crisis by providing trauma services (early intervention).
Current and planned activity: 
We have been contacted by the NHS and CCG in another part of the country as they are interested in having a Suicide Crisis Centre in their county. This is outside the West Midlands.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
To be confirmed
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
3
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Joy Hibbins 01/07/2016 - 08:39 Publish 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
GRS is a proven fully integrated scheduling package that manages staff rostering, attendance, annual leave and sickness by streamlining everyday processes to increase efficiency and save money.
Overview of Innovation:
GRS is a powerful rostering software product providing a fully integrated suite of tools designed to manage the complex task of staff rostering in demand-led service delivery organisations. It also provides access to important personnel related data such as skills and contact details and enables organisations to make the most effective and efficient use of staff resources, in addition to providing comprehensive real time reporting.

GRS was developed initially with the emergency services in mind and subsequently performs to the needs of a demand led service that can be unpredictable. GRS enables users to manage staff time more efficiently and can handle ANY type of rostering across ALL staff groups whether Operational, Administrative, Part-Time, Dual Contract, Flexi and Fixed work patterns and placing the emphasis on having the right people with the right skills in the right place at the right time.
The GRS solution has been developed over many years in demanding 24/7 operations and incorporates many key aspects specifically for the Scheduling and Management of an Organisation’s Personnel and includes a full and comprehensive integrated module for the management of Shift Pattern Working, Time worked, Overtime and Absences of any type.

Flexibility and customisation capabilities ensure that GRS is capable of managing the diversity of working practices, and can deal with the complexities of an Organisation’s local rules and interpretations in personnel contracts. Inbuilt Alert and Workflow facilities enable communication and action management across the organisation and incorporates out of the box Bradford Scoring Indexes and Working Time Directive Monitoring.

Proactive and configurable reporting facilities ensure managers have timely and accurate information for planning and forecasting of employee shifts, overtime and absences. With real time visibility of staff availability this ensures adequate levels of resource are maintained to meet the organisation’s needs over current and future planning horizons.
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 / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Benefits below are as a result of GRS being adopted and used by all NHS Ambulance trusts across the country along with Police Forces Nationwide including West Midlands Police.
  • A 5% reduction in annual operational costs was determined by one Ambulance Trust after the implementation of GRS
  • 50% reduction in sickness as a  result of the sickness package being used in conjunction with the rostering system
  • Significant and quantifiable multi million pound savings are achieved across Services with
    • Reduction in, and Management of, Overtime staffing costs
    • Automated and simplified Work flow and Authorisation processes for Annual Leave, TOIL and other absences such as training
    • Highlighting of Shift Patterns not delivering contractual needs
    • Employees failing to meet there contracted hours commitments
  • Visibility of Establishment, Skills, Demand and Absence distribution across the organisation
  • Auto generated Alerts from shift changes to Sickness KPI management increases communication, information sharing and action management across the organisation.
  • Promotes uniformity of working practices across the organisation

Peter Stelfox, a Resource Manager from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, has stated that the Global Rostering System (GRS) when introduced across their Emergency Service, now provides a far greater degree of management control than the legacy manual systems it replaced and enables the Trust to maximise effective use of the available staff resources. Any gaps in shift allocation can be quickly identified and addressed. Reports generated through GRS have fundamentally enhanced the timeliness and quality of management information providing visibility of resource levels and utilisation of overtime, improving annual leave and training release planning and contributing to more robust and focused absence management. The efficient input to an electronic system as opposed to the manual collation and analysis of information has also had an additional benefit in enhancing capacity of the service line’s administrative staff.
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Significant savings in operational costs can be attained by the use of GRS in streamlining workflow and administrative activities, and making more Efficient and Effective use of the most valuable resource of an organisation, its People.

Contracted Hours and Overtime can be more closely monitored, authorised and controlled, and reductions in Sickness Levels attained by improvements in reporting, recording, and health and well-being management.

Efficiency measures and savings made would allow re-investment of funds for improving or providing additional front-line services.

With the GRS system already adopted by both West Midlands Ambulance Trust and West Midlands Police it would enable a joined up, cross sector service throughout the Midlands region.

Software Enterprises is based within the West Midlands and wider adoption of GRS within the region would allow us to grow and facilitate further collaborations with other region based organisations.
Current and planned activity: 
GRS is adopted by all NHS Ambulance Trusts and we are keen to develop new relationships with more Trusts within the West Midlands region.

GRS is currently used by all NHS Ambulance Trusts and has proved to be a vital operational and cost saving tool.
 
Mobile App facilities are being released and continually being developed, along with Web Dashboards and Mapping Technologies.
 
Software Enterprises (UK) Ltd would like to see its software used by more NHS Trust Sectors and would welcome the opportunity to trial GRS in a variety of departments, be it Wards, Accident & Emergency or within Mental Health Trusts. We are currently developing a shift generation package that supplements our existing offer and would like to trial this within the NHS.
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Intellectual Property (IP) is retained for all Company designed software.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Peter Hall 14/03/2016 - 13:48 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
NHS bed availability is very low which results in patients being placed in other Trusts, sometimes miles away from their home. Latebeds is an online service for sharing bed availability across the NHS and private care providers.
Overview of Innovation:
The original problem brought to Answer Digital Health by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and shared by several, if not all, NHS Trusts is that internal bed availability is very low which results in patients being placed in other Trusts, sometimes miles away from their home making the situation of care difficult for the patient and their families. As well as disruption for patients, it also causes high administration and on-going care costs with external Trusts and private organisations.

The opportunity here is the introduction of the concept system Latebeds. Latebeds is an online service for sharing bed availability within Trusts across the NHS and private care providers.  

The system allows Bed Managers to search for available beds within the care and distance constraints that the patient requires. Following a successful search the Bed Manager can make a request to reserve the bed for their patient.

The idea is to use a simple ‘App’ (a cloud hosted service that could later be integrated into existing systems) across multiple device platforms that lists beds available internally and those available for booking externally. Criteria would allow for different bed types for patients of age, sex or 'tier'. Using Google maps it could have a ‘find a bed’ function that would filter by location (postcode), and the different criteria set.

It could also have the info on beds from private providers if they wished to join in (or we could put it in). Plus we could look later at more functionality (on a ‘Roadmap’) or even integrating it with different systems (eg Paris, RiO etc.).

Sussex Partnership Trust came up with the idea after a competition run by NHS England ‘Code4Health’ team (https://code-4-health.org/). A small company in Leeds (called www.AnswerDigital.com) have built a demo App to prove the concept and we are hoping to generate more interest in the idea to form a Community of Interest regionally and nationally.
 
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
  1. Patients being placed nearer to home
  2. Direct Cost savings for the NHS from reduced number of Out of Area placements
  3. Directo Cost savings for the NHS from increased information about the relative cost of different bed types available
  4. Indirect Cost savings for the NHS from reduced time spent searching for bed availability (currently manual process)
  5. Streamlining the whole process makes a more 'digital' experience for all staff which has indirect benefits attributed to a more modern NHS.
Online Discussion Rating
3.75 (4 ratings)
Initial Review Rating
2.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Patients would be more likely to be placed in beds nearer to their home.
Current and planned activity: 
Answer Digital are currently working with mHabitat, Leeds Partnership NHS Trust to explore how a Community of Interest could be formed in the north of england. We are interested in working with the WMAHSN too for a community of interest in the WM area.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Intellectual Property restrictions have not been applied to this innovation
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
2
Regional Scalability:
As a hosted service, the potential for scalability is tremendous.
Measures:
We will be working with the Community of Interest to establish baseline measurements, especially around the time spent logging bed availability in the current manual process and then the time spent ringing round other NHS and private organisations to find an available bed.
Adoption target:
Small community of interest in a locality with 6 months
Regional adoption within 12-18months
National adoption with ~24 months
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Andy Williams 29/02/2016 - 17:16 Sign Posted Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Greenbox is a mutlifunctional data capture device which can be used for the verification and registration of both staff and patients.
Overview of Innovation:
Greenbox is a desktop-sized device which connects through USB to a laptop or desktop PC, it's has huge potential in patient/staff enrollment as well as verification and registration.
 
Greenbox consists of 5 forms of data capture methods: a high resolution digital camera, a smart card reader, digital biometric thumb-print scanner, digital signature pad and document scanner. Paired with the GreenForm software, it is a powerful tool in the creation of forms. The forms which can be customised to be populated with any information required use the forms of data capture within Greenbox to help populate the forms. Forms can be used during the assessment of patients prior to surgery, in A&E departments during the diagnosis of patients and even for the verification of patients prescribed with restricted drugs.
 
Greenbox has implemented throughout clinics in Pretorius, South Africa, to counteract fraud related incidents and verify the correct patients receive the correct drugs. This has been done to counteract South Africa’s street-drug problem and has streamlined patient enrollment and verification within Pretorius. Greenbox has also been implemented within the security sector and education sector with customers who required staff and student screening, registration and verification. Greenbox is a bespoke product which allows a degree of customisability. Features can be remove and the box itself can display anything on the screen such as the NHS logo.
 
Pairing Greenbox and GreenForm with a document management system allows the streamlining of any forms or records. Workflow can perform optical character recognition and using a complex set of rules can allocate documents to users for approval, archive documents where needed and even automatically send documents to their correct location with no user input needed. This ergonomic solution is amplified as documents are digitalised, reducing paper costs and reducing storage space.
 
GreenDoc Technologies is a solution like no other, a one-step solution to compliance. To discuss this product further or to discuss its potential please call us on 01785 785 655. Likewise email us on admin@ascot-solutions.co.uk to discuss further.
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 / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Education, training and future workforce / Clinical trials and evidence / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
3
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Ross Putman 01/02/2016 - 19:12 Archived Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Software that automatically engages with stakeholders to track performance & risk and identify continuous improvement opportunities in campaigns and/or contracted out services.
Overview of Innovation:
Do you find it difficult to track and measure contract or campaign performance? Compared to well-managed contracts/campaigns, unmanaged or poorly managed contracts/campaigns can lead to costly inefficiencies, poor performance and an increase in risk.
ContractsWise is now offering its innovative, cloud-based contract management tool: ECMS, (available via the Crown Commercial Services G-Cloud Framework Agreement if required). Designed by experienced contract managers, ECMS can increase performance and savings, improve service quality, and mitigate risk, with an automatically backed-up database to prevent loss of data.
Some of ECMS’s features include:
  • A  register to record all contracts/campaigns and associated documents in a secure database
  • A dashboard that can be individually configured for each user, with information on performance and risks
  • Compatibility with any device with a web-connection, including tablets and smartphones, without the need to download additional software
  • Actively and automatically engage with stakeholders.
For those who don’t need all of ECMS’s features, there’s ECAS, an administration system that is scalable to your needs and will help improve control of information and documentation.
ECAS’s Entry Level Plan features include:
  • Searchable database of your information and documents
  • Automated reminders for important dates
  • Secure cloud storage with automated data back-up which frees up physical space
  • Archive old information
  • Online tutorials and help documents.
All of ECAS’s features are included in ECMS.
Understanding contract management and how to improve performance can be difficult, which is why ContractsWise also run an online training course: An Introduction to Contract Management, which combines theory and best practice to give you a comprehensive understanding of the subject.
For more information on the ways that ContractsWise can help please visit www.contractswise.com
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 / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
There is an increasing body of evidence that shows that organisations incur significant unplanned costs, don't achieve expected savings or service quality as a result of a lack of effective contract/campaign management.
Research by the International Association of Commercial and Contract Management (IACCM) has quantified the value of these losses at the equivalent of 9.2% of revenue.
All organisations want to achieve the maximum value for every pound spent but in the NHS this is critical. ContractsWise provides low cost tools that will enable the NHS ensure that best value is achieved, risks are identified and mitigated and opportunities for continuous improvement are identified.
A business case template is available to download for free from our website www.contractswise.com and the return on investment will include: avoidance of unplanned costs; never miss a contract termination or renewal negotiation opportunity; realise planned cost savings or revenue improvements; reduce administration time; improve internal and external stakeholder relationships; redice risks; improve compliance; improve reporting.
Initial Review Rating
3.80 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Users of the NHS in the West Midlands will receive improved services and will be able to contribut eto the continuous improvement of services.
Providers of services will have greater control over their budgeted expenditure or revenue.
Current and planned activity: 
Our software has recently been adopted by Western Sussex NHS Trust.
Following a full review of software available on the market The Chartrered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) chose our software and has been operating with it since February 2015.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:

Being cloud based with minimal training required,the software can be easily scaled nationally and internationally.

Measures:

The goal is to maximise the performance and minimise the risks associated with the delivery of services by a 3rd party. Maximising performance will ensure that value for money is also maximised and will increase end user satisfaction rates. Minimising risks will reduce the possibility of unplanned costs that have not been budgetted for and will help ensure that any planned savings are actually delivered.
Users of the software will be able to continually measure performance and risk using the tools and dashboard built into the software. The users have full control over what it wants to measure so these can include quality, safety, cost and people.
ContractsWise limited will also measure the satisfaction of our customers through engagement with key stakeholders and work with them to maximise the benefits achieved by using the software in order to generate compelling case studies.

Adoption target:

Any organisation, part of an organisation or project whose measure of success relies upon the delivery of services from one or many 3rd parties.

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