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Celebrate our shared achievements in 2017-18

10th December 2018

NWC_SCN_annual_report_2017_18_cover_pic.jpgWelcome to the SCN and Clinical Senates' joint annual report for 2017-18. We’re delighted to celebrate our shared achievements and are very proud of the ongoing contribution our team and partners are making across the North West. You can see some of our highlights below or view the annual report in full at this link:

View the full Annual Report 2017-18

View the highlights

Here’s just a flavour of our highlights from 2017-18. The full Annual Report 2017-18 highlights the great progress made across all areas of our work and is a credit to everyone who has played a part in making the healthcare improvements presented. Thank you for helping make a real difference by providing your expertise, collaboration and commitment to support our own teams at the SCN and Senates.

Our work and impacts in 2017-18

Click on the relevant name below to see that network's/organisation's achievements:

Diabetes Network

  • National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) - 4000 people in Lancashire and South Cumbria supported since July 2017; referrals in Cheshire & Merseyside increased and on target

  • Universal adult diabetes guidelines developed to ensure a consistent approach to treatment, improved outcomes and equity of care across the North West Coast

  • Transformation: six Cheshire CCGs bid for treatment and care funding across 12 projects worth nearly £1 million. Engagement and relationships with the North West Coast SCN have allowed for implementation and project assurance. Highlights include:
    • More newly diagnosed patients receiving structured education - 72%+ in the North West Coast, better than the England average
    • Improvements to Blackpool Hospital’s inpatient diabetes service leading to shorter patient hospital stays, reduced harms and hypoglycaemic events

  • Helped establish regional diabetes governance processes - ensuring effectiveness of funded activity and that diabetes care is prevention focused, consistent, effective and inclusive

  • Undertaking quality assurance for all programmes of improvement, so protecting and ensuring maximum effectiveness of funded resources to improve the life of people with or at risk of diabetes.

Maternity and Perinatal Mental Health Network

  • Delivered a coordinated perinatal mental health (PMH) training programme for 500+ mental health and maternity clinicians and support workers to support and improve outcomes for pregnant women, new mums and their families

  • Improved access to specialist PMH services through successful procurement of a Mother and Baby Unit in Chorley and specialist community perinatal services in Lancashire and South Cumbria (new) and Cheshire and Merseyside (extension)

  • Set up and co-ordinate a dedicated ‘Reducing Stillbirth’ Special Interest Group to help providers implement all four elements of the Saving Babies Lives Care bundle -improving maternity safety and reducing the number of stillbirths across the North West Coast

  • Supported the two North West Coast STPs to produce robust Local Maternity System transformation plans and put in place mechanisms to support implementation by 2021.

Mental Health and Dementia Network

  • Improving support and outcomes for children and young people who need help moving through services by supporting Cheshire and Merseyside providers to develop a partnership approach to the commissioning of mental health (MH) services

  • Brought stakeholders together to develop and sign-up to delivering an integrated Suicide Prevention Action Plan across the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP and helped secure funding to support its implementation

  • Worked collaboratively with the Cheshire and Merseyside STP to establish an end-to-end electronic dementia pathway

  • Improving the commissioning of mental health services, ensuring they are procured in the most cost and resource efficient ways possible, and identifying and adapting a tool to evaluate MH services.

Palliative and End of Life Care Network

  • Secured funding, then developed, an End of Life (EoL) Advance Care Planning ‘Train the Trainer’ programme, including ‘difficult conversations’ to ensure professionals in all advance care planning settings are confident, compassionate and empowered in their roles and provide high quality EoL care for patients and their loved ones

  • Our EoL team were recognised in three different national awards for patient and public involvement, outstanding improvement and innovation to benefit patients’ lives and care, making our health service more sustainable, going the extra mile in all we do and being great advocates of our NHS values

  • Held public engagement events during Dying Matters Week to support people across the North West Coast to talk more openly about death, dying and bereavement and to make plans for the end of life.

Cancer Network

  • Supported the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance to identify leadership roles and establish the Cancer Alliance Board and programme team, ensuring strong leadership and representation from a wide mix of acute trusts and commissioning organisations.

North West Clinical Senates

  • Undertook an independent clinical review of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT’s response to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ recommendation for maternity services in the Morecambe Bay area. Our review panel visited Furness General and Royal Lancaster hospitals to see facilities, meet key staff and gain an appreciation of the challenges posed by the local geography and infrastructure, before providing a series of supportive and constructive recommendations, approved by Morecambe Bay CCG’s governing body in March 2018

  • Undertook an independent clinical review of adult and older people’s specialist mental health provision in Eastern and Central Cheshire. Our review panel assessed clinical model appropriateness and workforce implications within the commissioners’ service development proposal and provided conclusions and recommendations in line with the key lines of enquiry. These were well-received by the DCO who used them to inform the next stage of assurance

  • Hosted a clinical review masterclass to provide Senates’ members with a practical and theoretical insight into how the Senates operate and equip newly recruited members with the skills to conduct and contribute to an effective Clinical Senate review.
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