CLAHRC NWC Interns Shine at Showcase Event

Research being conducted by Interns, drawn from across CLAHRC NWC’s Partners, has been presented at a showcase event at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.

All of the Interns have been working on projects featured in the CLAHRC NWC Partners’ Priority Programme which brings together organisations that are developing new models of out of hospital treatments and care. The aim is to enable project-level evaluations of local initiatives, and a cross CLAHRC analysis identifying which types of initiative are most effective in reducing health inequalities, improving population health and reducing emergency admissions.

Nine NHS organisations including Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, East Lancashire CCG, Liverpool CCG, Liverpool Diabetes Partnership, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust all featured as their staff demonstrated project evaluation via posters and a presentation to update an audience keen to hear how the initiatives will impact on frontline care.  

George Georgiou, Research Capacity Delivery Manager for CLAHRC NWC, said: ”This has been a great scheme enabling the internships to gain real practical analytical skills, specific training in data analysis and learn about disseminating findings.  Although the evaluation of most initiatives won’t finish until 2018, it is an opportunity for the researchers to gain some feedback, get experience of poster design, practice their communication skills and update an interested audience on their progress.”

Topics featured on the posters included the evaluation of approaches to meeting the physical health needs of mental health service users, measuring the effectiveness of a community chronic obstructive pulmonary disease service, community based diabetes service and the impact of the GP specification initiative in Liverpool practices.

Mark Gabbay, Director of CLAHRC North West Coast, said: "It is heartening to see an overfilled room of practitioners and patients eager to hear interventions to improve care and reduce health inequalities. Empowered staff with this knowledge can apply it to a wider target of changing or assessing frontline services and sharing the results across the NHS in both the region and wider afield.”

An award was presented for Best Poster and the event was hosted by Prof. Dame Caroline Watkins, Director of Research and Innovation at UCLan’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and Director of Capacity and Implementation for CLAHRC NWC. 

Laura Buckels (pictured, far right, above), Liverpool CCG Primary Care Intelligence Lead, said: “It has been great to have a framework for evaluation; the whole principle for embedding evaluation is now at the forefront of our work.” To explain more about the benefits of working with CLAHRC NWC the team have made a short video below. 

 View the team's poster to understand more about their work:

"Evaluation of the impact of the GP specification upon health care activity, quality of general practice and patient experience."  

Sean Boyle, Lead Practitioner of the Crisis Home Treatment Team at Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: ”Our organisation being part of this initiative has really made us enhance the links between our own internal teams, patient involvement and external parties. It has been very beneficial.”

In collaboration with CLAHRC South London, the CLAHRC North West Coast team and Partners held an Implementation Workshop after the showcase event. Using some of the CLAHRC NWC Partners’ Priority Programme projects, the wider implementation and change management issues regarding the evaluated initiatives were discussed and analysed. Mark Gabbay commented: “This is a fusion of enthusiastic teams gathered to collaborate and really shows the power of CLAHRCs when they join together.” 

More articles     Posted on: 19 October 2017