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 (Education, training and future workforce)

Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
A secure training platform using high quality video content and cutting edge learning technology. We produce high-quality courses, or update or convert your existing training material accessible via smartphone, tablet or computer – anytime/anywhere
Overview of Innovation:
The medics.academy platform has been designed with security to protect against inappropriate access and copyright infringement with an option to request users to pay per view.
medics.academy combines engaging content, low cost access and accessibility. Healthcare professionals from across the UK and internationally can benefit from consistent, sustainable educational programmes that will have a significant effect on performance and patient safety.
Medics Academy (MA) - Delivery Platform - Flow diagram
medics.academy (MA) - Delivery Platform

The platform incorporates unique technology to allow high quality video content to be viewed anywhere across the world without loss of quality. This allows educators, subject matter experts or partner organisations to securely distribute high quality, high value courses that may be of a sensitive, private medical nature. Programmes for or that target their audience whilst protecting their access to them and ensuring their ownership, IP and if required to generate direct income from their content.
 
Delivery facilities:
  • High quality education online on any digital device
  • Security and IP protection of authored content
  • Global access via a specifically designed IT platform
  • Scalability and sustainability via a revenue sharing business model
  • Tracking of users and access / usage
 
MA Content Production
The company mission is to empower health professionals through knowledge so they can provide better care. The company has already developed and delivered a range of courses

Content creation opportunities:
  • Content generation/production services and expertise
    • New Training Material creation
    • Conversion of existing material
    • Adapting original material for delivery via the MA Platform
  • Visuals graphics & animation facilities to illustrate points/information
  • Option to add additional products and services, e.g. link to classroom based training
  • Quality assured and endorsed content from experts combined with other content e.g. filmed demonstrations of skills

Company Background
The founders of the company, two medics, became increasingly frustrated by the poor design, use and engagement with e-learning and believe the use of these expert driven courses can be a part of a new blended learning solution to medical education.  From their frustration and experiences, they built a team based in the UK and the US, that have developed this platform. Medical educators can focus on building amazing content, supported by a team of artists, filmmakers, engineers and medical content specialists.

 
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: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
Freedom of Access
Opportunity to train staff remotely at any time or place and at their own pace, the ability to deliver training content pre or post a course to either prepare or reinforce the material being delivered either as well or instead of a physically attending formal course. This secure training platform facilitates the trainer/education unit with a range of options to deliver their material to their staff and students.
 
This range of options can then be selected to best suit the ability to reach and gain access to the trainees e.g. it can facilitate them not travelling or leaving their place of work. It can be used to assist students with revision or reinforcement of a recently delivered course possibly before and exam or test.
 
This flexibility can work for the participant as well as the deliverer of content all leading to a better trained and confident workforce. Hence facilitating performance improvement and make training significantly more cost effective and efficient.
 
Usage Tracking
Material accessed can be logged along with information on viewer and duration. This is part of our security and revenue system when required and when this may be appropriate. This also gives content producers a clear idea into their most used and valuable training assets.  
 
Confidentiality & Control
Access to material can be controlled you may wish to do this to ensure that content that may be clinically sensitive (e.g. of distressing or of a possible sexual nature) or that may be commercial sensitive is not accessible by those without permission. 
 
Revenue Generation
Courses that are delivered on the platform can be via a pay per view option. This is a revenue sharing model between Vopulus and the content provider, so significant income generation can be earned by the training provider from offering their material to a global audience. We take away all the strain and complexities of an organisation creating a charging system and the processes to providing a secure and trusted credit cards charging system.
 
The Key Benefit
All you need to worry about is the material you wish to teach – we can produce that material with you and then deliver it safely to your intended or your selected audience.
 
We look forward to your call or your response below.
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Key Benefits
  • Simple Video Delivery Training Platform designed for Medical Content  Removes concerns over access and can form part of a library of material for a Trust or for West Midlands NHS & Community Clinical staff
     
  • Options to generate revenue from your content
    Generate money from external organisations or clinicians from your training material
     
  • Confidential and professional Training Material production or conversion
    Take the worry away from delivering, recording and illustrating your training material we will do that and if you’re not confident or comfortable being videoed we can arrange for an expert presenter to deliver your lessons
 
Enhanced Staff - Leading to better informed and trained healthcare professionals which ensures confidence that leads to improved patient safety and outcomes.
 
Training / Testing Freedom - Ability to offer courses to hard to reach clinical and medical staff due to their location (e.g. Community based) or their availability (shortages but imperative that they are brought up to date on a process or procedure). The platform allows 24/7 access to material and through the tracking a degree of confidence can be had by the trainers / management that the viewer has seen and understood the material delivered. The level of understanding can be confirmed via an online test or other assessment methods.
 
Potential Patient Use - This platform also has potential to be used for patient education programmes providing a significant increase in patient empowerment, self care and wellness.

Payment Security
The platform has a fully integrated payment system built on the industry leader Stripe. We also use a cutting edge ledger and tracking function that allows fully transparent tracking of payments for clients. Thus due incorporated Stripe system, partners/clients can be fully confident in a global payments and payment tracking system that utilises the latest technology and security standards.
Current and planned activity: 
Current Activity
  • We have a regional project underway with the West Midlands AHSN to produce training material for LTC.
  • We are having a number of discussions and negations on material related to maternity with Trusts across the UK.
  • Although we seeking to engage with more content providers and potential purchasers of group courses.
Thus we would like to discuss:
  • Procurement / Adoption of:  
    • More medical training Video productions or for more Trusts and other clinical training organisations/units to our Medical Academy Platform to deliver you material   
    • Usage of our secure and / or revenue generating video content Delivery Platform space. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Platform has IP associated with its design and security to protect content from plagarism.
The course content IP remains with the author apart from our newly produced graphics.
 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Johann Malawana 27/11/2017 - 13:55 Publish 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
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David Disley-Jones 30/05/2017 - 15:05 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Radar supports health and social care organisations in holistically managing all aspects of their quality and compliance activity, whether intuitively building a CQC evidence portfolio or managing audit, incidents and risk.
Overview of Innovation:
Radar Healthcare system has been developed using the latest technologies and platforms to ensure a cutting edge and sustainable solution. The system adopts proven business rules in use across the health & social care sector in the UK and incorporates the Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidelines and procedures.
 
Radar Healthcare from Smartgate Solutions has been developed in partnership with knowledgeable and respected healthcare professionals. The system is scalable and configurable to organisational needs to meet both internal and regulatory requirements.

The Radar Healthcare modules help care providers meet their daily operational challenges and associated quality and compliance requirements. 
 
Radar supports organisations by: Taking the worry out of quality & compliance
  • A responsive system, allowing you to visualise and manage risk, training and regulatory compliance across the business domain.
Gain a clear line of sight into performance
  • Intuitive and dynamic dashboards providing real-time visibility of business performance at both location and organisational levels.


Automation of key procedures for operational efficiency
  • Translating business rules and SOP’s into action through our automated workflows and action tracking.
Reduce costs
  • Supporting a systems approach delivering demonstrable ROI across business resources, time and staffing.
 Radar Healthcare is currently in use across multiple service areas including Social Care, Primary Care, Specialist Clinics, Acute Care  and Patient Transport.
 
It’s primary purpose is to assist in ensuring each organisation meets relevant regulatory compliance standards and support organisations reduce duplication and effort in managing that process.
 
It will allow existing processes and procedures to be followed more efficiently and enable the introduction of new processes and procedures that are currently unfeasible with existing systems.
 
Key Facts
  • The system is made up of specific modules, each providing a range of functions that can support organisations in their daily operational activity.
  • All Modules work collaboratively and share data to avoid duplication.
  • Data can be integrated from various sources and other software system.
  • Dashboards and reports can be viewed and created by employees, by department, by directorate or as an entire organisation.
  • Each module has the ability to accommodate pre-configured workflows aligned to your existing SOPs, policies and procedures.
 www.smartgatesolutions.co.uk
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: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
Radar Healthcare modules have been developed to help care providers meet their daily operational challenges and associated regulatory requirements. 
 
Adopting proven tool kits and processes, Radar Healthcare ensures compliance with the essential standards relating to the quality and safety of care as defined within the CQC and other regulatory bodies.
 
Cost Improvement (CIP) Opportunities
The CIP opportunities are variable and based upon the modules selected. Efficiency savings are realised through two specific means:
  1. Replacement of existing systems in use across the organisation
  2. Redeployment of posts supporting quality and compliance management and re-deploying skills to vacancies within the organisation
 
A high level simulation exercise exploring how the implementation of Radar could support the reduction of cost within an NHS Hospital in the North of England (approximately 3,500 staff serving a population of c250,000 people) identified potential savings of over £300,000 over a 3 year period.
 
Smartgate Solutions have developed a cost calculator capable of identifying cost against current systems and workforce requirements.
 
Efficiency Savings
Additional efficiency improvements can be realised through:
  • Ensuring compliance with CQUIN targets or other commissioning KPIs
  • Improved efficiency and productivity in managing quality and compliance activity
  • Smartgate can support organisations with their recruitment processes and reduce the time spent undertaking training post employment. Radar allows you to issue training and development content to employees prior to their engagement and for completion online, effectively tracking and monitoring their progress against the training content.
  • Reducing the time spend responding to requests from regulatory bodies and building evidence portfolios. Radar supports the on-going development of evidence portfolios, providing clear audit trails and concise reporting.
  • The system intuitively allows users and organisations to share information, allocate tasks and distribute vital information in real time. It provides a safe and effective way of sharing learning and information.
 Client Testimonial
“We are committed to delivering the highest levels of service and CQC compliance. Radar Healthcare has been the key factor in achieving and exceeding these goals.“
John Butterfield, CEO, ER Systems
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Radar supports providers and commissioners of health and care services to effectively manage and monitor their quality and compliance expectations, deliverables and regulatory requirements with greater efficiency and often with greater effectiveness.
 
Radar enables organisations to re-deploy their scarce resources to focus on the delivery of care, freeing clinical expertise from administrative activities. 
Current and planned activity: 
Current NHS Activity:
Radar is currently utilised by numerous providers of health and care services, many of which provide NHS services.
 
We are currently engaged in discussions with both CCGs and NHS Foundation Trusts.
 
At present we are exploring opportunities to grow our engagement with NHS organisations and are seeking support and guidance from colleagues at WMAHSN, Medilink WM and the wider regional health and social care communities.

Planned/required activity:
  • Procurement / Adoption of: -  Growth and increased adoption of Radar across NHS provider and commissioner organisations  
  • Partnership: We are interested in exploring partnership opportunities with NHS organisations that may help to realise a financial ROI
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All product IP is wholly owned by Smartgate Solutions Ltd
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Tom Lindley 30/03/2017 - 09:44 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
doDOC streamlines collaboration by bringing people and processes together into a single platform, with end-to-end auditability, saving up to 70% in documentation time.
Overview of Innovation:
Life Science and Academic organizations operate in an extremely document-intensive, highly regulated environment. doDOC support this critical process of producing collaborative, compliant, quality documents within tight deadlines.
Whether working with a few individuals or large geographically diverse teams, doDOC makes the co-authoring, review and approval process less painful and more efficient by ensuring neither document quality nor deadlines are compromised in a integrated platform solution.
 
Documentation processes are typically managed in silos by multiple software in each working group of individuals leading to errors, duplicated information and delays, wasting billions of working hours every year.
 
doDOC proposal is simple: a single collaborative platform for the creation of documents with granular control over information processes and a system capable of integrating information from multiple sources avoiding duplication and manual tasks, generating a comprehensive audit trail with measurable effectiveness.


 
How doDOC does that?
1 – Streamlining collaboration and avoiding typical project miscommunication problems;
2 – Automating workflows, ensuring that the right people is doing the right thing in the right moment;
3 – Changing the writing process from a step by step reality to a concurrent and symbiotic experience;
4 – Bringing automation to technical tasks related with document production that until now undermine productivity;
5 – And since doDOC tracks every single event over the entire project, doDOC provides unique insights to allow managers and team members to track progress and access performance in real-time.
 
This change in the technology behind the creation of information allows doDOC users to decrease immensely the total time for the execution of their document-based projects.
 
doDOC Features:
Absolute Security: Full confidentiality, integrity, availability and auditability;
Real-time Collaboration: Collaborate in real-time across departments, regions and organizations.
Automatic Formatting: Full focus on content and automated publishing;
Full Control: Notifications, roles and accesses controlled automatically;
Information Integration: Centralize all records and information in one place;
Custom Workflows: Drive processes automatically and improve efficiency;
Simple Project Management: Optimize virtual teams and operations;
100% Traceability: Provide real-time insight with activity dashboards.

More about doDOC Platform: doDOC Product
More about doDOC: Website
 
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: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
doDOC is a proven cost effective solution for the document co-authoring, review and approval process, providing an excellent return on investment (20X ROI) with both tangible and intangible benefits.
 
Key benefits to NHS by the use of doDOC is the streamlining of cooperation among healthcare professionals with impact on the following areas: patients, processes and knowledge.
 
Improved Patient Care: The complexity of managing patients’ health records requires a cooperative effort that encompasses all of the healthcare professionals involved in their care, each in his/her area of expertise, in order to achieve the best outcomes. doDOC streamlines report generation, focus on the content and decrease the time spent in administrative tasks.
 
Better Process Efficiency: Another variable mentioned when analyzing the usefulness of working together was improving the process. By employing doDOC, the organization is automating the application of standard operational procedures and ensuring compliance with best practices. This improvement in the processes leads to greater efficiency and to an increase in the quality of the healthcare given to the patients.
 
Promoting Knowledge: The importance of collaborative work was also noted for facilitating knowledge among professionals, optimizing time and resources. doDOC allows sharing information in a more effective manner. By controlling information across the network, professionals provide knowledge that is securely shared, with improved health being the result.
Initial Review Rating
3.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
doDOC will promote greater collaboration between the West Midlands Health Organizations: Universities / Hospitals / Companies have with doDOC a single collaborative and secure platform to create value and generate positive impact for the local population.
Current and planned activity: 
doDOC currently works with Top10 Pharmaceutical Companies and world-leading research organizations.
doDOC aims to streamline collaboration across life science and healthcare institutions by simplifying the collaborative effort within document-based projects.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Registered Trademark
Trade Secret
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Carlos Boto 17/03/2017 - 16:33 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
SEEING WHAT OTHERS SEE, AND WHAT THEY EXPERIENCE IN THE PROCESS
Eye Control, Eye Perception, Eye Emotion
Affordable,Intelligent Digital Eyewear
Overview of Innovation:
Eye Hyper Tracking System - Smart Wearable
Viewpointsystem has developed a completely new system to measure and understand human perception through the eyes.
The Eye Hyper Tracking doesn't just capture the line of sight,but also how the person reacts to what is seen. The system in the form of smart lightweight safety rated glasses allows extremely precise measuring of observations and insights coupled with the ability to SHARE what is being seen via REMOTE LIVE STREAMING.
  • Telemedicine - A health professional can conduct or instruct a procedure with the aid of a precise hands free view.
  • Training - Any aspect of training can be covered, be it a live event or with the ability to record 'what is seen' it can be then shared, learned from and shown as a unique prespective into the instructor or wearers' viewpoint and preception
  • Paramedic / 1st Responder - Imagine a world where an expert can see what you are looking at and give you on the spot support. Envisage a paramedic or 1st responder calling in advance to show the recieving hospital the extent or seriousness of a situation
  • Improving Results - Instructions are often given and confirmed as being understood, communication is key in getting things right first time. With a view of 'how' to carry out a instruction, in certain circumstances a person viewing your first attempt is both supportive and safe.
  • Reducing Costs - Specialists cannot be everywhere all of the time. With a live streaming function, they are only ever a click away to see what you see, thus reducing the need to travel, rebook appointments, move from place to place.
The system has truely endless possibilites. Having been in the scientific arena for a number of years it is proven to be relaible and very accurate. Our system takes the technology from the lab into the real world, being light, highly mobile and robust it is user friendly, simple and smart.

The revolution in the measurement and interpretation of human perception has truly begun.
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: 
Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
NHS Benefits
  • Efficiency - Simulation of scenarios for training
  • Efficiency - Centrally situated teams all viewing the same situation though the same perspective
  • Efficiency - 1st Responder / Paramedic support given, time saved when arrival at hospital, faster turnaround times
  • Efficiency - Right 1st time approach to training, supportive and inclusive
  • Efficiency - Faster turnaround times for paramedics at hospitals
  • Cost Benefit - Travel of key staff and personnel
  • Cost Benefit - Training budgets reduced to all areas
  • Cost Benefit - Specialists can support remotely, no need to always attend sites
  • Cost Benefit - Abilty to simulate a scenario or situation. Feedback could be given by instructor remotely
  • Cost Benefit - General hospital infastructure - The system is applicable to services outside of medical arena - IT support, Machinery supplier support, building support.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The system is designed to support all industries with medical being a specific area.
Our system not only enables faster, safer, most cost efficent ways of doing things, it provides an enabler to reduce time and improve effectivness.
Any improvements or cost savings can only help improve patient or colleagues healthcare, reduce waiting lists and improve services. It is also key to ensure the highly trained dedicated staff have every possible piece of equipment to help improve their working life balance and conditions.
Current and planned activity: 
Our current status is to engage with all 15 AHSN's in the UK.
Our system was only launched in UK in Sept 2016, and we have only just started to engage with the UK health sector.
We have a number of doctors, paramedics and hospitals trialing our system in Europe, and we have just engaged with a leading surgeon in USA who is keen to try our technology, as he was the first surgeon to use Google Glasses to carry out a live stream procedure.

Our primary intention is to be seen and heard by the NHS. We are keen to visit and demonstrate the system and possibilites first hand, as we are not a concept as we have an actual fully functioning system ready to use.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We have IP on certain elements of the system.
Eye tracking is commonly adopted in VR/AR system is various guises.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Graham German 23/02/2017 - 11:14 Publish 1 comment
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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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Katie Buckingham 03/02/2017 - 14:42 Detailed Submission 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Replace paper forms with digital forms, and integrate with time/material/asset mgmt. system.
Overview of Innovation:
Summary marketing video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li-zNgGm6FE

Boost Productivity, Workplace Safety and Reliability with "myJobCard". 

“myJobCard” is a mobile Work and Asset Management application which integrates with SAP ERP and come with an inbuilt dynamic form engine.
“myJobCard” brings together best practice from our extensive experience of deploying Mobile Asset Management solutions, incorporates feedback provided by our customers, and leverages latest advancements in mobile technology.
 
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: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
Increased Productivity
1. Save time needed to convert paper forms to electronic forms.
2. Sending jobs directly to staff and get updates in real time in backend system on job updates.
3. Show history of asset repairs to avoid repeated issues.
Reduce cost
1. Better management of materials required to carry out certain jobs
2. Cost savings from increased productivity
3. Cost savings by reducing IT involvement in form creation process.
Better analytics
1. Optimise working time against the waste through better analytics based on real time and accurate capture of information
2. Better decision making based on accurate and better capture of information.
Initial Review Rating
1.80 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
1. Cost savings of NHS service to public and nation as a whole
2. Assets uptime increased
3. No need to provide information time and again to fil forms. some information auto-populated.
Current and planned activity: 
myJobCard has been launched recently in the market and we are looking for pilots/PoC customers.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
There isn't any IP in the app which can be protected. App is protected through copyright.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
Innovation is global in nature and is scalable.
Measures:
1. Improved productivity
2. Imprved Data Quality
3. Improved Health and Safety
Adoption target:
Target for WM are 2-3 customers by end of year.
Globally we are looking at 10-15 customers in first year.
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Navdeep Singla 02/02/2017 - 12:02 Detailed Submission 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Stratification of patients into Risk Groups greatly enhances management of long-term conditions, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Failure, etc also supporting early discharge preventing readmissions.
Overview of Innovation:
Stratification of patients into Risk Groups, even for the same condition, greatly enhances the focus, scalability and agility in response to changing demand. Used to manage people with long term conditions such as COPD, Diabetes, Heart Failure, etc…… as well as supporting early discharge to prevent readmissions.
  1. Population-level Low-Risk Patients (75%): Free for BYO devices (smart or text message) for self-management and education. No remote monitoring but data can be shared with GP systems for access by all clinical stakeholders. Minimum cost to the NHS. Scalability is limitless. Activ8rlives4 Wellness and Food Diary App is available FOC via the App store and Google Play.
  2. Rising Risk Patients (20%): Where there is no smart phone availability or poor IT skills: CliniTouch Vie as below. Where Patients own Smartphone/Tablet and have WiFi: Activ8rlives Lung Health, Diabetes Health and others. Medical monitors could be prescribed on loan initially on early discharge (as one use case) and then transitioned to BYO Smartphones and monitors. Alternatively, they may be stepped-up by prescribing further monitors and data reviewed remotely at greater frequency.
High Risk Patients (5%): CliniTouch Vie: locked-down tablet provided with integrated 3G for connectivity, intensive monitoring, education and empowerment with integrated direct messaging and video support. Dynamic care plans and intelligent algorithms enable automatic triage for healthcare team. Fast, simple and quick to implement for the most at-risk and vulnerable of patients.

For further information contact
Kevin A. Auton, PhD, Managing Director, Aseptika Limited kevin.auton@aseptika.com www.activ8rlvies.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: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Spirit Healthcare: Leicester City CCG, combining telemonitoring, specialist nurse interventions and health coaching in COPD, demonstrated reduced admissions by 67% and also improved patient’s experience of care. http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/10.12968/bjhc.2016.22.3.123
  1. 67% reduction in unscheduled admissions amongst patient cohort - multiple regression analysis revealed that CliniTouch telemonitoring (Spirit Healthcare) was the only intervention that statistically significantly (P<0.05) reduced unscheduled admissions.
  2. Overall reduction of 9.1% in all COPD admissions - despite the harsh winter of 2013/14, there was an overall reduction in all COPD admissions, easing winter pressure and bed blocking.
  3. Effective in managing re-admissions – number of admissions per head reduced from 3.13 to 1.02 per year (p<0.001). Nurse interventions required to manage patients also reduced, improving caseload management. The benefits were realised across the whole health economy. 
  4. Improved patients’ experience of care – patient feedback demonstrated higher levels of confidence, knowledge about their condition and positive behavioural change. 
Activ8rlives Lung Health (Sensor 3) telehealth reduced unplanned admissions and improves self-management. Undertaken clinical trials supporting Self-Care in Cystic Fibrosis (Papworth Hospital), COPD and Bronchiectasis (Portsmouth NHS) and on-going in Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital for 45 COPD patients (Dr Dennis Wat and Mark Jackson, funded by NWC AHSN). Aseptika is an innovation partner for the Sheffield NHS Test Bed.
Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, Knowsley Respiratory Community Team. Sensor 3 self-care project allows patients with COPD to monitor and track their vital signs at home, using a secure and easy to use Lung Health 3 App, developed by Aseptika Ltd. The whole process takes approximately 12 minutes each day. The patients are provided with the equipment to allow daily measurements of blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, body weight, temperature, peak flow, FEV1 and physical activity levels. The measured data is displayed as simple charts. 
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Patients are educated and supported to interpret the data to enable improved understanding of their health status.
  1. Prevent unnecessary admissions as patients have access to 24/7 the COPD rapid response team as soon as there is any health deterioration for treatment to prevent unnecessary admission into hospital. The collected data is currently being analysed by Knowsley Respiratory Community Team.
  2. Technology improves patient’s confidence in managing their COPD. For patients who experience frequent infections and disease exacerbation, this can be a lifeline. In Liverpool 90% of participants would recommend to Friends and Family. 60% would be prepared to make a financial contribution of £300 to support costs.
Current and planned activity: 
Spirit Healthcare group of companies can now provide one of the most comprehensive range of solutions to support patients of all ages, all IT abilities, all levels of disease severity and across a wide range of disease areas: respiratory, cardiovascular, diabetes and frail elderly.

Aseptika currently have in development: (a) on-ward and home-use sputum test for Pseudomonas aeruginosa (patent protected); (b) BuddyWOTCH – a 3G connected wearable medical device (SpO2, HR, Temperature, Respiration Rate with Sit-to-Stand and 5-minute walk test) – patent applied for; (c) a population screening test for Atrial Fibrillation using pulse oximeter technology (patent protected), and (d) Bluetooth inhaler usage monitor.  
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP is retained by respective companies within the Spirit Healthcare group of companies.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
3
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Kevin A. Auton 12/01/2017 - 10:55 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':

The Recipe for Workforce Planning is an easy-to-use online tool driven by a dynamic process map.The Recipe is a repository for best practice and facilitates peer support through a discussion forum.

Overview of Innovation:

The Recipe for Workforce Planning is an easy-to-use online tool driven by a dynamic process map; users click on each stage of the process to access resources and view the activities needed to complete that stage. The Recipe is a repository for best practice and facilitates peer support through a discussion forum.

This unique resource is the first of its kind, developed by Health Education England working across the West Midlands, and is being shared for use across Health Education England.

The Recipe process map, created in collaboration with workforce planners across the West Midlands, shows the stages that should be completed in order to create a good workforce plan:
 
Users can click on a stage to open a Stage Page showing:

  • Ingredients - documents and resources needed to complete that stage which users can download.
  • Method - activities necessary to complete that stage with assigned roles.
  • Hints and Tips – any useful advice or intelligence that will support the completion of the stage

The Recipe also includes:
 
What should I be cooking this month?
Each stage in the Recipe has a date range during which that activity should be completed.  Users will be able to see the stages within the Recipe which are currently ‘active’ at the time they visit the site.
 
Roles and Responsibilities
Each of the activities within a stage has an assigned role e.g. Workforce Planner, Finance Lead.  Users will be able to sort and filter the site to view only the stages and activities relevant to their role.
 
Discussion forum
The Recipe has a discussion area where planners can share ideas and ask questions or queries.  
 
Cookbooks
Users can select their favourite resources from the site (Word, Excel, PDF documents) and download these into a pack, or Cookbook.  There are also readymade Cookbooks for particular users and scenarios e.g. Workforce Planning for Beginners, Meeting with the Executive Team, Workforce Planning for Commissioners.
 
Links and Resources
The resources – or Ingredients – available to users for each stage are added to and updated as new resources become available.  However, there may be useful resources, reports, articles or links that are not relevant to a particular stage but may be of interest to workforce planners.  These are available on the Links and Resources page that will include an archive of all the resources on the site.
 
The Recipe also includes a search function and an interactive glossary. 

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: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Education, training and future workforce / Clinical trials and evidence / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:

Provides an easy-to-use online tool driven by a dynamic process map, demonstrating what good workforce planning looks like. This unique resource is the first of its kind and can be used in any clinical or non clinical setting when looking to effectively workforce plan.

Initial Review Rating
3.40 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:

Provides an easy-to-use online tool driven by a dynamic process map, demonstrating what good workforce planning looks like. This unique resource is the first of its kind and can be used in any clinical or non clinical setting when looking to effectively workforce plan. This resource was developed by the West Midlands and includes templates and resources which are currently being used across the region.

Current and planned activity: 

We have launched this resource nationally and are actively promoting this resource across the West Midlands, incorporating any feedback we receive.

For more information or to access the Recipe for Workforce Planning click here

What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:

Health Education England.

Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Sarah Chamberlain 25/10/2016 - 09:44 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Tipsim® is a completely new product producing long lasting improvements in sensorimotor abilities of the hand in rehabilitation after brain damage, such as stroke, craniocerebral trauma or other neuro diseases e.g. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Overview of Innovation:
Tip-stimulation with Tipstim® facilitates long-lasting therapy procedures. By sensory stimulation of the finger tips, Tipstim® drives plasticity processes in cerebral areas involved in the activation of the hand and fingers. Specially designed stimulation patterns – developed over many years of research & trials at the Institute for Neuroinformatics at the Ruhr University Bochum – are generated by a small, portable electronic pulse generator and applied directly to the finger tips via a completely new and highly-sophisticated therapy glove. The Tipstim glove® is the first product of its kind to utilise a new advanced medically approved conductive and biocompatible textile.
 
The therapy is completely painless, without side-effects and very easy to apply. The patient simply pulls over the glove, connects it to the pulse generator and starts the therapy session once a day for 1 hour. The therapy does not demand any special attention from the patient. Due to the small size of the pulse generator, the therapy can easily be integrated into everyday life and home. In principle, therapy can be applied everywhere, even when out walking.


 The proven efficiency of Tipstim® results from stimulation pattern specially designed for most effective enforcement of neuroplasticity processes. Clinical studies show that these special patterns produce cerebral changes which lead to persistent improvement of a patient’s sensorimotor abilities. This especially true with sensory and proprioceptive deficits which have shown a greater recovery than with standard rehabilitation therapy alone
 
Studies have shown that sensory stimulation drives plastic processes in the brain areas activated by the stimulation. This induces reorganisation in and around those brain areas that became dysfunctional by stroke or other brain injuries. This reorganization facilitates reactivation of cortical tissue that has preserved some functionality. The resulting remodelling of cortical circuits then mediates functional recovery.
 
Tipstim® is a clinically tested and CE approved product. The efficacy & safety of Tipstim® therapy has been proven in rigorous clinical trials.
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: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Stroke is the UK’s third biggest killer.
 
First-time incidence of stroke occurs almost 17 million times a year worldwide; one every two seconds. Stroke is one of the largest causes of disability – half of all stroke survivors have a disability.
 
In the UK there are 152,000 recorded incidences of stroke a year and currently over 1.2 million stroke survivors. The economic costs of stroke in the UK from a societal perspective totals around £9 billion a year (Source: State of the Nation Stroke statistics - January 2016). The average cost of care (acute & rehabilitation) per stroke patient is currently £23,315 (National Audit Office. Progress in improving stroke care..., (February 2010). NAO Report (HC 291 2009-2010))
 
Over a third of stroke survivors in the UK are dependent on others.
 
Tipstim® is a completely new product to improve sensorimotor abilities of the hand in rehabilitation after brain damage, such as stroke, craniocerebral trauma and other neurological diseases such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
 
Tipstim® comprises a small, battery powered electronic pulse generator unit and a close fitting glove that delivers the neurostimulation at the finger tips. Due to the compact size of the pulse generator, the therapy can easily be integrated into everyday life. In principle, therapy can be delivered everywhere, even during walking or when reading or watching television.
 
Clinical trials have demonstrated that the stimulation provided by Tipstim®  demonstrates a persistant reactivation of affected brain areas responsible to sensory and motor control of the hand and fingers. Moreover, balancing processes in adjacent non-affected brain areas are promoted.
The result is a substantially improved sense of touch as well as an improved mobility of the concerned hand.
 
The sensory & functional improvements resulting from Tipstim® neurostimulation have been demonstrated to last longer than for traditional therapy alone.
 
The Tipstim® is self contained and can easily be used by the patient in their own home. This reduces the frequency of hospital / clinic visits, frees up therapist time and would enable more patients to be treated than is currently possible.
 
Furthermore, the sensory and functional improvements resulting from the Tipstim® therapy will increase the patient’s ability to carry out task of daily living and will therefore increase their independence, thus reducing the need for additional care and support – with resultant manpower and monetary savings.
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands has the highest mortality for stroke in England in people over 65.
 
The region’s ethnic diversity and socioeconomic status also reflects in a higher than average incidence of strokes as people of black and South Asian origin are at double the risk of stroke as are those living in the most economically deprived areas of the UK (West Midlands has 28.1% of its population in the most deprived national quintile)
 
These statistics demonstrate that the demand for stroke rehabilitation services will be higher than the national average and therefore the opportunity to make a significant impact will be greater for therapies such as Tipstim®.
 
The region also has the lowest percentage of patients returning to their usual place of residence, and this is statistically significantly lower than the England average. Improved  independence and post stroke rehabilitation would help to address this and enable people to return to their own homes and live independently.
Current and planned activity: 
We are currently undertaking a pilot multicentre clinical trial of Tipstim® at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust, Chester.
We would welcome the opportunity to engage with the West Midland’s Stroke rehabilitation communities to raise awareness of our Tipstim®.
In addition, we wish to explore support for business model development and delivery strategies for NHS adoption and or private procurement.

We are also very interested in conducting a cost benefits analysis health economics study of therapeutic intervention with Tipstim®.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Tipstim® is protected via granted patents and registered design rights held by the parent company.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
Please describe how the innovation could be scaled across the WM region. Have you implemented at scale in any other regions?
Measures:
What outcomes are you hoping to achieve and what are the measures that you will use to gauge the success of the innovation and how will these assessments be made? Please ensure that you have quality, safety, cost and people measures.
Adoption target:
What are the targets for adoption across the WM and what are the minimum viability levels?
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Bharat Vadukul 21/09/2016 - 12:15 Detailed Submission 1 comment
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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 - 14:24 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Flo-Tone CR is a tool helping patients acquire good Maintenance & Technique in using Pressurised Inhalers, teaching how to Inhale SLOWLY and STEADILY. Inhaler Technique Skills are important and a major theme in BTS, GINA and NICE guidance.
Overview of Innovation:
Flo-Tone MDI (also known as Flo-Tone CR) uses a ‘Positive’ Coaching Whistle to help patients learn to inhale SLOWLY and STEADILY. Whistle Signal is a prompt for the canister to be pressed releasing the medication & the duration of the Whistle helps the professional to coach the patient towards correct use.
Pressurised inhaler mouthpieces come in a variety of shapes, accordingly Flo-Tone was originally produced in ‘Circular’ & ‘Regular’ Models. A new improved Flo-Tone CR now fits all mouthpiece shapes by fitting inside the pMDI mouthpiece. The new design ensures all pMDIs produce a whistle at the same flow rate, helping standardise technique.
Studies have been conducted with the new Flo-Tone to ensure that it delivers the full dose. The first study detailing the development of the improvement & its performance was presented at BTS 2015 & subsequently at DDL26.
Available on prescription, the improved Flo-Tone CR can be used with a pMDI simulator (Trainhaler) for training & with the Patient pMDI. It incorporates a cap so that it can be left in situ on the Inhaler. It also includes a rim on the mouthpiece to help patients get their teeth out of the way of the aerosol spray.
We have tested Flo-Tone CR with a variety of inhaled medications (Flutiform, Clenil, Ventolin, QVAR and Sirdupla) – in each case the respirable dose (ie that part that reaches the lungs) delivered for the medication plus Flo-Tone closely matched that of the device alone & in each case unwanted throat deposition was reduced.
•Flo-Tone CR controls the resistance of the pMDI, thereby standardising the flow rate at which  
  Flo-Tone CR whistles
•Provide inhalation & coordination guidance
•Sounds (20-25 L/min)
•Drug delivery improvement = Therapeutic Improvement
•Less throat deposition – potentially less unwanted Throat Side-Effects
•Better control - less breakthrough – less SABA needed
•Better control – less hospitalisation 


• Spacer & Mask with anti-Microbial & anti-static properties
Collapsible – helps with storage & travel
• Visible valve movement - see that the drug is being Inhaled
• Suitable for adults & children
• Performance validated with pMDI’s
• Accepts all pMDI’s available
• Available with small & medium mask


• Ideal for emergency services use, schools & within General Practice & Hospitals for reversibility testing
• Single patient use
• Economical & environmentally friendly
• Performance validated with pMDI’s
• Available in bulk pack 
 
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: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
There have been many papers published, detailing the misuse of pMDI among patients;
Clement Clarke International have used their expertise to concentrate on this area of products. This
has led to the introduction of the ‘Inhaler Technique Training’ range. Each device is targeted at the
training of inhalation technique, guiding patients to inhale at the correct flow rate for pMDI use.
 
Inhaler technique errors occur in the hands of patients and healthcare professionals. It has been
demonstrated that the majority of healthcare professionals cannot demonstrate correct inhaler use
to their patients. It is not therefore surprising that patients are mostly unable to demonstrate good
inhaler technique. The consequences are significant; patients take higher doses to compensate for
lack of efficacy from medication lost through poor technique, this results in poorer control,
hospitalisation and increased healthcare costs.

The Clement Clarke ‘Inhaler Technique Training’ range delivers more reliable, more effective and patient friendly usage of medication and treatment (therapy) delivery.
Benefits summary
  • Patient friendly medication management and use
  • More effective and accurate delivery of medication to lungs
  • Reduced number of hospital admissions
  • Reduced number of un-planned clinical interventions
  • Reduced associated therapeutic costs
  • Improved patients’ health and quality of life
  • Available on the National Drug Tariff
  • Low cost devices
  • Available for immediate use
Initial Review Rating
4.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands region provides a great opportunity for rapid realisation of the benefits of improved inhaler training from a clinical, economic and patients’ quality of life perspectives.

All the required products and training materials are currently available for instant deployment and would offer significant benefits to those GP practices or secondary care providers willing to challenge existing ineffective training and delivery mechanisms and who would act as either the Regional or National adoption lead.
 
A comprehensive breakdown of the tools and devices required for a GP practice has been provided in an attached document (Essential Requirements for GP Practice Inhaler Training Kits).
Current and planned activity: 
Current NHS activity
Key areas of Contact are Lung Function & Respiratory Medicine which include Respiratory Physiologists & Respiratory Nurses both in Adults & Paediatrics.
 
Flo-Tone has been adopted by Wolverhampton CCG.

Planned/required activity
As a Manufacturer, Clement Clarke undertakes an extensive R&D program and also undertakes On-Site Clinical Trials with GP Practice & Secondary Care.
However, research and trials support partners would be welcomed to further develop the evidence base demonstrating the benefits of improved staff training with associated patient benefits.
In addition, Health Economic studies would also be welcomed to quantify the medication and admission cost savings that would be achieved. This would supplement the Isle of Wight study and include a wider geographical and ethnic / demographic patient cohort.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All intellectual Property for devices and training is held by Clement Clarke International
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
3
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Anthony Silvio Philips 31/08/2016 - 10:46 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
An engaging educational board game and HTML5 web app to help children with Cystic Fibrosis, and their families, to improve their understanding of the condition and how to manage it.
Overview of Innovation:
The game is designed to help children and families manage Cystic Fibrosis more effectively. Originally created by specialists at Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust to help healthcare professionals develop a more effective relationship with young patients and their families. The game was so effective that Focus Games Ltd was asked to redesign and streamline the game and make it available to a wider audience.

The game is designed for between 2 and 4 individual players (or small teams of players) who compete to move around the board answering CF-related questions and scenarios correctly. The game is very easy to play and doesn’t require a specialist facilitator; anyone can play the game. This makes it ideal for use in the home and at school with family, friends and schoolmates.
 
Objectives
To help young patients, their families and friends to improve their understanding of Cystic Fibrosis and to manage the condition more effectively.
 
A patient engagement tool for healthcare specialists to use:
  • Children with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Families & friends of CF patients
  • Schools
  • Public health awareness
Can be used in:
  • CF clinics
  • Other healthcare settings
  • At home
  • In school
The board game is very portable, the rules are very simple and specialist facilitation skills are not required so the game can be played by anybody in any setting.
 
The board game is competitive and accommodates up to 4 individual  players, or teams of players. Games last between 45 and 60 minutes.

The HTML5 web app is a simplified version of the board game designed for individuals to use on smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs. However, it can also be used with groups on tablets, screens and interactive whitebboards etc.
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The original game was developed by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Focus Games Ltd has refined and reworked the game to make it more engaging and more likley to suceed as a commercial product. This process was supported byMidTECH Innovations (NHS Innovations West Midlands).

Benefits to the NHS include:  
  • Increased  knowledge of CF not just for the patient but for the whole family and improved engagement with the CF Team - This would help give children and young people a sense of control in managing their condition. Symptoms are recognised by CF patients and parents early and acted upon so infections are treated quickly therefore less time would be spent as in an inpatient making savings on bed space and staffing.
  • Increased understanding of treatments - Children can express and explore their fears and emotions in a safe place. Play provides the medium to help manage these feelings and therefore promotes resilience
  • Improved  compliance with treatment – Children and young people with CF will often have multiple treatment regimens to follow. The CF game gives an understanding of why particular treatments/medicines need to be adhered to. Compliance would mean improved and less stressful visits for treatments and hospital appointments where children are having to be persuaded  to comply with cough swabs/lung function tests etc. This can take up a considerable amount of time for nurses and Doctors both in the Community and the Hospital.
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
All of the benefits that the game could deliver for the NHS would benefit the WM population. In addition the game has been developed by a WM NHS Trust and as such the publicity and any shared revenue will be focussed on the WM.
Current and planned activity: 
The original game was developed by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Focus Games Ltd has refined and reworked the game to make it more engaging and more likley to suceed as a commercial product. This process was supported byMidTECH Innovations (NHS Innovations West Midlands).

The board game has been tested within the NHS and also by members of patient support groups. Feedback has been positive and we now wish to extend the scope of testing to cover a more sophisticated online version of the game and also to manufacture the board game.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The IP is owned by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, and used by Focus Games Ltd under licence from them.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
Regional Scalability:
This game is designed to be used anywhere in the UK, and possibly overseas. We have not yet secured the funding to launch the game commercially. However, we have launched many other games that are being used extensively in the UK and overseas so we are confident that the model works.
Measures:
The most practical measure will be the collection of qualitative feedback from users both patients, carers and healthcare professionals. This would include ongoing questions about any changes to lifestyle and treatement adeherence. This being done for many other existing games that we have published. We would also approach independent stakeholders and hope to encourage them to study the efficacy of the game.
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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
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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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Exercise is the best medicine! The FABS Training Programme for older adult exercise tackles the consequences of physical inactivity as people age, increasing flexibility and mobility to improve everyday life.
Overview of Innovation:
We all understand the importance of moving more and sitting less when it comes to living a healthy and fulfilling life.  As we age this becomes even more important as our lives tend to become more sedentary which then leads to ‘inflammageing’ and many long-term health conditions.
 
The FABS Training Programme, developed by Move it or Lose it! in partnership with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham combines Flexibility, Aerobic, Balance and Strength exercises in every class, providing the four vital components of older adult fitness as per CMO guidelines.  This is made up of exercises that are safe, enjoyable, effective and accessible to everyone whatever their ability, and can be done seated or standing.
 
FABS classes ensure age or ability are no longer barriers to an active lifestyle. The aim of the class content is to increase strength and muscle density to reduce sarcopenia, improve balance to reduce the risk of falls, increase aerobic capacity to enable individuals to be more active and increase flexibility and mobility.
 
Via a blended approach of online learning and practical training, we train exercise instructors to become specialists in fitness for the over 60s enabling them to work with the fastest growing demographic in the UK. We have practical days scheduled for Birmingham, London, Manchester and Newcastle, with Edinburgh and Bristol coming in due course. 

The programme launched in March 2016 and has more than 90 instructors undertaking it to date. The aim is to train 1000 instructors who can deliver FABS classes within their local communities to combat social isolation, physical inactivity and cognitive decline and provide opportunities for fun and friendship for our fastest growing demographic; older people.  By training 1000 instructors the programme also generates wealth by creating 1000 small businesses with a licensing model similar to Zumba. 

Move it or Lose it! Exercise DVDs have been tried and tested.  The video stars in all our DVDs are not actors, but real people who have health conditions and mobility problems.  They have improved their lives through the Move it or Lose it! Exercise routines and they want to inspire others to do the same.
 
Move it or Lose it! DVDs are endorsed by Professor Janet Lord, Director of the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research at University of Birmingham as an ideal resource to aid active ageing.
 
http://www.moveitorloseit.co.uk/product-category/dvds/
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: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The consequences of physical inactivity as we age are not just associated with movement problems and ill health, but also social issues. This often leads to feeling isolated resulting in depression which can lead people into a downward spiral and consequently their loss of independence.
 
Professor Janet Lord, Director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at University of Birmingham and advisor for the recent BBC One Programme ‘How to Stay Young’ says, “Exercise is the best medicine. We can reduce our risk of heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and osteoporosis by up to 50% by simply getting people to move more and sit less.”
 
The programme has been recognised by the NHS and is currently involved in a trial with COPD patients for Birmingham Cross City CCG.  Patients will be monitored in aspects of biopsychosocial health with the aim of rolling out the sessions across the NHS.  From this 12 week COPD trial we will have a clear understanding of the benefits. We anticipate that general health will improve, in terms of physical function and mental wellbeing. This in turn will keep patients away from GP surgeries and hospitals for longer periods, thus reducing, or even preventing treatment costs. Education of self-management techniques will also contribute to this. 
 
The results will also be used to form the basis of a scientific research study which aims to reduce the effects of illnesses and long-term health conditions linked to inactivity in older people – such as diabetes and heart disease.
Online Discussion Rating
5.67 (3 ratings)
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The class members benefit from improvements in their health, reducing their risk of heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and osteoporosis.  Move it or Lose it! assists with the development of practical solutions to improve levels of physical activity in older people.
 
This increase in activity has an economic impact for the NHS by improving physical and mental health, the cost of treatment needed for conditions associated with declines in health such as sarcopenia, osteoporosis and arthritis will be reduced. 
 
The FABS Training Programme provides job opportunities in the West Midlands. FABS Instructors will benefit from using an established brand in Move it or Lose it! that will help them to build their own business of exercise provision to the over 60s. 
Current and planned activity: 
We are currently engaged in a 12-week trial with the NHS, providing exercise as an intervention for COPD patients. This is taking place within the Birmingham Cross City CCG. 
 
We require academic support surrounding data evaluation to assist us to demonstrate the effectiveness of the exercise programme in terms of NHS financial savings and improved patient outcomes.
 
We are looking to expand our team of inspirational instructors and trainers so they can get everyone experiencing the fantastic benefits of Move it or Lose it! and FABS across the UK! Instructors receive continual support through The Exercise Network (T.E.N) aiding their knowledge and delivery. By building this network of exercise instructors Move it or Lose it! are helping older people and those with disabilities across the UK to get active to help them age well.
 
If you are passionate about helping older people to live life to the full then find out more here - http://www.moveitorloseit.co.uk/fabs/
 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Regional Scalability:
The FABS Training Programme is highly scalable due to eLearning platform, allowing many people to undertake the programme simultaneously. We can then offer multiple practical assessments dates at a central Birmingham location (as well as other venues nationally) for 20 instructors at a time. This would allow for rapid expansion of the programme in the West Midlands area.  The model that has been developed is a sustainable business model which ensures that income is generated from licensing, training and ongoing support.
Measures:
The aim of The FABS Training Programme innovation is to train 1000 specialist exercise instructors to the over 60s. The success of the innovation will be measured against achieving this goal.
The quality of The FABS Training Programme is measured through its recognition by industry regulators such as Active IQ and UK Active. This is also ensured via the company’s – Move it or Lose it – Quality Assurance Policy.
Move it or Lose it also has a Safety Policy and Equality and Diversity Policy to ensure the people training with us, the tutors and customers are kept safe and are treated with respect. 
Adoption target:
We would like to implement FABS classes within CCGs and be able to offer GPs with the opportunity for physical activity and social prescription within their own practice. Move it or Lose it would place FABS instructors into GP surgery’s increase social and activity levels to treat conditions such as COPD, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and more.
 
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