Partner Priority Programme (PPP) Round 2

Round 2 of the Partner Priority Programme launched on 5th July 2017. 

As with Round 1, Partners including Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts and Local Authorities are being supported to develop evaluations of their initiatives addressing new models of out of hospital treatments and care.

Partners have developed their evaluation plans through the PPP process and their project applications were approved by the CLAHRC NWC Steering Board. 

The PPP Round 2 projects have now completed their 12 month programme of Evaluation Workshops and are taking forward their evaluations with a view to reporting by the end of 2018.



List of PPP Round 2 Projects:

Evaluating the impact of the Life Rooms on the recovery of Mersey Care service users.

Initiative ongoing

To co-productively explore the impact of the Life Rooms on the recovery of Mersey Care service users by:  a) quantitatively measuring whether it reduces their use of clinical services; and b) qualitatively exploring their experiences of the Life Rooms in order to develop the service.


Wigan Later Life and Memory Service (LLAMS) – improving young onset dementia (YOD) services (North West Boroughs NHS Trust)

Initiative ongoing

To evaluate the process in how LLAMS Wigan provides community-based diagnostic and post-diagnostic services for people with YOD and their families in order:  a) to enhance understanding of the demographics of people living with YOD in Wigan; b) to inform ongoing service design and development to meet the needs of this population; and c) to inform how LLAMS fits with services provided by other agencies in Wigan.


Sefton Public Sector Reform Programme; Early Intervention & Prevention (EIP) and Community Connector Project (Sefton Council)

Initiative ongoing

To evaluate Community Connectors in order to assess the impact of this early intervention and prevention initiative on diverting inappropriate referrals away from the Adult Social Care pathway in Bootle. Specifically, to assess the impact of Bootle Community Connectors on client’s (a) loneliness and mental wellbeing scores and (b) activity in terms of access to local groups.


Overarching evaluation framework for public health mental health and wellbeing interventions

Public Health England with various Local Authorities including Knowsley Council and Blackpool Council.

Various ongoing initiatives.

To develop an evaluation guidance framework for public health mental health and wellbeing interventions; and to pilot it by evaluating interventions in three local areas across the North West Coast. With a view to building capacity to evaluate health interventions so that public health, mental health gains are supported despite competing priorities.


Enhancing wellbeing and quality of Life in Motor Neurone Disease (MND) (The Walton Centre) Planned initiative

To evaluate the effectiveness of communication and engagement strategies with multidisciplinary teams, in order to inform changes in practice and service provision and ultimately improve the wellbeing of MND patients.


Evaluation of the STEP (Succeed, Thrive, Empower Pennine) Service (Blackburn with Darwin CCG and Blackburn with Darwen Council)

Initiative ongoing, started July 2017

To determine the effectiveness of the STEP service in achieving its outcomes with a view to informing ongoing service design, commissioning decisions and wider system development in Pennine Lancashire.  Specifically, to assess the impact on:  a) return on investment for the CCG and the wider system b) reduced repeat A&E attendance and admission c) improved integration between community and acute settings; and d) socio-economic health inequalities.


Evaluation of the use of home phototherapy as a treatment for physiological jaundice (Liverpool Women’s Hospital)

Initiative on-going, started Oct 2017

To investigate whether, for babies in the first 28 days of life, the provision of phototherapy for the treatment of physiological jaundice in the home reduces unplanned admissions to hospital and length of hospital stay. Specifically, to determine whether this new method of care is a deliverable, effective method of treating jaundice, which is acceptable to the parents / carers of babies who are eligible to take part.


Advice on Prescription (Social Prescribing Service): Providing Income Maximisation Advice in Primary Care Settings (Liverpool CCG) 

Initiative ongoing

To evaluate the quality of the Advice on Prescription programme and to assess its impact at each stage of the pathway on:  alleviating poverty, mitigating the impact of poverty on mental health and well-being, improving mental health outcomes and reducing reliance on clinical services.


Early Supported Discharge of well, late preterm babies (Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)

Informing planned initiative

To evaluate the transition of support, practical help and advice to parents of babies discharged home from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital. Existing discharge care processes for late pre-term infants will be explored in order to inform the development of an earlier supported care discharge pathway and package.


Building a Secure Base for Personality Disorder (PD) (Mersey Care)

Initiative ongoing

To explore:  service users’ experiences of the PD Hub; and its impact on their overall mental health and wellbeing. With a view:  a) to understanding the factors that have led to the financial savings being made by the service (as identified by previous analysis); and b) to identifying any health inequalities that interfere with the effectiveness of the service so that they can be addressed and further improvements achieved.


Evaluation of the Youth Information and Counselling (YIAC) Model (Liverpool CCG)

Initiative ongoing

To understand the impact of the YIAC model on access, engagement and mental health for the 14-25 year age group in order:  a) to assess the impact on mental health and wellbeing for young people; b) to evaluate the effectiveness of the YIAC model on A&E and crisis presentations; and c) to compare DNA rates for both the medical and holistic youth mental health model.


Evaluation of Telehealth for COPD : Re-design of respiratory services in Liverpool (Liverpool CCG)

Initiative ongoing

To evaluate the impact of telehealth on:  a) uptake of the most cost effective health interventions for COPD such as smoking cessation, flu immunisation and pulmonary rehabilitation compared to current population uptake; b) COPD admissions currently; and c) following the introduction of a new telehealth pathway, any increased uptake of smoking cessation and pulmonary rehabilitation. 

There are also two internship projects taking forward elements of the evaluation plans of initiatives in PPP Round 1


What are the experiences of service users following a clinical decision to admit them to an inpatient psychiatric ward? (Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Trust)

Initiative ongoing

To gain an insight into the experience of service users admitted to the Trust’s inpatient wards in order to inform more effective future clinical decision making regarding admission and improving mental health outcomes for patients.

Note:  This is an intern project, undertaking the service user element of Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Trust’s Evaluation of Clinical Decision-Making in the Use of Inpatient Mental Health Beds from PPP Round 1.   The intern is the Public Advisor from Round 1.


Multi-Disciplinary Team Working, Integrated Care (Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital)

Initiative ongoing

Note:  This is an intern project, undertaking an element of the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital’s Evaluation from PPP Round 1 which focussed on the impact of Knowsley CVD service and Knowsley Respiratory service for COPDs.

There are also two PPP Round 1 projects that have been delayed and so moved to Round 2


Better Care Now, Blackpool Teaching Hospital

Using retrospective data, initiative is ongoing

To identify what factors contribute to emergency re-admissions to hospital for older patients having received inpatient rehabilitative care.

In identifying which/ what factors contribute to emergency re-admission we can inform what changes can be implemented in order to reduce the re-admission rate; therefore cost saving.


Community Health Services, East Lancashire CCG.

Using retrospective data and the initiative is ongoing

The evaluation seeks to determine the impact and effectiveness of each MDT within East Pennine Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, in order to inform a single operational framework and a best practice care model which are able to reflect socio-economic and other population differences and needs.