Evidencing the change for service users

Teams from the CLAHRC NWC partners are taking part in a series of workshops to identify concepts that can really make a difference to their service users.

Evidence for Change (EfC) is a Continuing Professional Development Programme (CPD) for Teams of Health and Social Care Practitioners. The aim is to help such teams identify a practice issue that they want to change and;

- find, evaluate and analyse evidence to inform a practice change

- use evidence to design, plan and implement an informed practice change

- focus the informed practice change towards tackling health inequality

Staff groups from local authorities and NHS bodies across Lancashire and Merseyside have been involved in devising methods to change practices, including increasing the number of people taking up bowel cancer screening and devising ideas to increase the interaction between residential home users and staff.

Patient and Public Involvement leads, appointed by the teams themselves, are ensuring that methods for implementation come from a user-based and real-world scenario.  

The programme is a blend of teaching and learning methods spread over seven to eight months and is designed to integrate learning and researching skills with professional practice.  Opportunities for reflection, peer support and mentoring are also interwoven throughout the programme.  

The latest workshop, in Leyland, discussed actions, impact of changes and issues arising as their projects are implemented.

Sarah McTigue, Public Health Manager of Operations and Delivery at Lancashire County Council, said “We are looking at resident interaction in care homes. Doing this piece of work has really been useful in looking at how we work as a team and how we can benefit the residents using our services. On our Project we have the Manager of the Care Home, Residents and Senior Management involved, and the final outcome will be considered for rollout across Lancashire.” Sarah (back, centre) is pictured with her team.

Lesley Harper, Senior Research Fellow (CPD) for the CLAHRC NWC, said: We are seeing teams really growing in confidence and enhancing their skills to make change.”

Full details of the projects and their impact will appear on this website in December.


More articles     Posted on: 15 October 2015