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Cheshire and Merseyside SCN Annual Report 2015-16

23rd September 2016

CMSCN_Annual_Report_2015-16_Cover_pic.pngWe are delighted to share the Cheshire and Mersesyide Strategic Clinical Networks' Annual Report for 2015/16, profiling our work and key achievements over the past year.

All our work has been characterised by wide clinical engagement with our lead clinicians working with colleagues, managers, patients and carers within and beyond the healthcare system. Their clinical leadership has been fundamental to our success and we would like to thank them and all who have supported us in our continued work across the networks.

You will see many achievements in the report, some building on the foundations of previous work and others arising as new priorities. Read some of the highlights below or you can view the annual report in full here

Moving forward in 2016-17 we are excited to be working across a wider geographical patch across the North West Coast, joined by our Lancashire and South Cumbria colleagues and stakeholders. We will continue to engage with commissioners and clinicians through network-specific meetings and groups, and the establishment of new and strengthened relationships to lead the local NHS Improvement agenda and work towards the ambitions and targets of the NHS England Five Year Forward View.

North West Coast SCN business planning for 2016/17 has centred around national priorities and ambitions which have been ‘mandated’ through our work programmes and where it is sensible and desirable to work collaboratively. However emphasis will be given too to local ambitions, particularly where the greatest gains for the health of the population can be secured.

As ever, innovation, sharing best practice and creating a robust evidence base for transformation will be the watch words for action – and we look forward to the challenges ahead with enthusiasm, energy and commitment.

Our work and impacts in 2015-16

Cancer network

  • Developed user friendly referral forms to support GPs to refer suspected cancers and enable earlier diagnosis
  • Reviewed cancer pathways and developed over 100 clinical guidelines for different cancer types to help patients receive the best treatment possible
  • Worked with Macmillan to deliver the Living With and Beyond Cancer programme helping patients to manage their cancer diagnosis and supporting their individual needs

CVD network

  • Reviewed SSNAP data collection across acute stroke care providers to help improve quality and consistency of stroke services
  • Developed and rolled out an AF clinical pathway to improve services, clinical practice and outcomes for people with or at risk of AF and to support stroke prevention
  • Developing a diabetes patient education curriculum for Type 1 Diabetes to support patients and practitioners throughout the first six months of diagnosis
  • Helped reduce hospital Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) mortality rates through educational programmes, clinical guidelines and protocols, and a new app to support AKI treatment and management is under development Read more

Maternity, children & young people network

  • Developed a standardised quality dashboard of maternity indicators to identify and share best practice and provide the vital data needed to deliver equitable and improved maternity services
  • Reviewed perinatal mental health service provision, identifying good practice and existing gaps, and developed a consistent perinatal mental health pathway
  • Established a dedicated Children & Young People’s mental health improvement team, which has supported commissioners to develop CAMHS Local Transformation Plans (LTPs) and provided support around eating disorder services
  • Improving referral experiences and support for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This included a review of referral pathways, development of a standard referral pathway template and an information leaflet parents and carers

Mental health, dementia and neurological conditions network

Palliative and End of Life Care network

  • Undertook a survey of bereaved relatives (Care of the Dying Evaluation) to understand the end of life care experience for patients in hospitals, hospices and the home environment and the support provided to carers
  • Worked with Marie Curie Palliative Care to develop an Advanced Care Planning framework, training and education for health and care professionals to support conversations about end of life care preferences
  • Appointed a dedicated project manager to support providers around the complexities of the EPaCCS data sharing system to better coordinate and improve end of life care
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