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Presenting the North West Coast SCN Annual Report 2016-17

12th July 2017

Ann_Report_Cover_Image.jpgWelcome to our 2016-17 annual report. We’re delighted to share our achievements from this past year. Some of the highlights are listed below or you can view the annual report in full at this link:

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On 1st April 2016, we were pleased to be joined by the former Lancashire and South Cumbria Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN) to form the North West Coast SCN. This coincided with our Cheshire and Merseyside team relocating to new offices at Vanguard House to be co-located with the Innovation Agency, a move which has helped nurture an even stronger working relationship with our local AHSN.

We’re proud of the continued contribution that the entire SCN support team and all our partners are making to improve the health of the population across our new geography and you’ll see, as you take a look, just what can be achieved by working collaboratively with our colleagues across the North West Coast.

As well as continuing to strengthen our working relationships with existing colleagues, we’ve also built strong working partnerships with our new colleagues in Lancashire and South Cumbria who have been very welcoming and supportive of the team. We have been developing relationships with the new parts of the NHS structures such as the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and helping develop the Cancer Alliances, to ensure that our clinical priorities are aligned.

Strong patient and public involvement continues to be central to our philosophy as we work across boundaries to reduce unwarranted variation, improve quality and equity of care and health outcomes for our patient population.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the support team and our clinical leads for their continued support and tireless efforts throughout another challenging year and look forward to working with all our colleagues in the coming year.

Our work and impacts in 2016-17

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

Cancer network

  • Supported the development of local Cancer Alliance delivery plans in Lancashire & South Cumbria and Cheshire & Merseyside
  • Supported 43 Cancer Clinical Network Groups
  • Facilitated implementation of NICE clinical guidelines for the referral of suspected Cancer
  • Devised and delivered a leadership programme for GP Cancer Leads to develop strong, collaborative leaders and improve Cancer outcomes.

Diabetes network

  • Helped secure £3.1 million transformation funding for North West Coast CCGs to improve the treatment and care of people with Diabetes
  • Working with STPs to develop a NICE compliant footcare and peripheral vascular pathway to reduce Diabetes related amputations and mortality
  • Developing 17 sets of universal adult Diabetes guidelines to improve outcomes and equity of care
  • Supporting the rollout of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme across the whole North West Coast.

Maternity and Perinatal Mental Health network

  • Helped secure £3.3 million funding to develop a specialist community Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) team in Cheshire and Merseyside which will support 900+ women p/a
  • Raised awareness of PMH and shared best practice at a regional conference to support the development of specialist PMH services
  • Held a Maternity Transformation Roadshow and developed a network-wide Maternity Dashboard to support the development of Local Maternity Systems and help achieve the ‘Better Birth’ ambitions
  • Developed ‘Defining Risk in Pregnancy’ guidance to promote consistency in Maternity care and help reduce Stillbirths.

Mental health and dementia network

  • Developed a benchmarking tool for Liaison Mental Health and helped secure a year’s transformation funding in four areas of the North West Coast
  • Reviewed and are now supporting the development of local Suicide Prevention Action Plans on behalf of the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP to help reduce suicides by 10% by 2020
  • Developed a children and young people’s community eating disorders benchmarking self-assessment tool to support commissioners and providers to achieve the NICE access and waiting time standard
  • Developed a paediatric long-term conditions and transition self-assessment tool to identify gaps in service provision and support seamless transition to adult services.

Palliative and End of Life Care network

  • Developed a digital palliative and end of life care self-assessment tool to support local leaders to work to and achieve the Six Ambitions
  • Developed guidance for relatives on what to expect at the end of life of a loved one
  • Developed bereavement guidance for hospitals to support best quality care before and after the death of a loved one, no matter where they live in the region
  • Achieved NICE accreditation of all our Cheshire and Merseyside End of Life Audit Standards and Guidelines, working with our dedicated patient groups.
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