Partner Priority Programme off to a flying start

CLAHRC NWC’s Partner Priority Programme (PPP) successfully launched on 8th November at the Gujarat Centre in Preston with the first in a suite of workshops bringing Partners together to evaluate new models of out of hospital treatments and care.
This inaugural event drew frontline professionals, researchers and leaders from Partner organisations including: CCGs (East Lancs, Liverpool, Blackburn with Darwen); hospital and community-based trusts (5 Boroughs Partnership, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, The Walton Centre, Liverpool Heart and Chest, Merseycare, Clatterbridge); local authorities (Lancashire County Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton, Council and Fylde Borough Council); and universities (University of Liverpool, University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University). 
Hosted by the CLAHRC NWC’s Knowledge Exchange Theme, the PPP’s overall aim is to share knowledge and experience in order to identify which of the new models being developed by Partners are most effective in reducing health inequalities, improving population health and wellbeing and reducing emergency admissions.  Peer learning through Collaborative Implementation Groups (CIGs) is central to the PPP, coupled with facilitated support, access to methodological/topic input where needed from the University Partners and time spent by NHS and LA CIG members in the workplace.  Through the CIGs, Partners’ are developing capacity to embed evaluation as an integral part of change and transformation.
The first day workshop included introductions and networking opportunities, and learning about each other’s initiatives – particularly the similarities and differences.  Work in the CIGs used Logic Modelling as the framework for thinking about evaluation, began to interrogate outcomes and objectives, and explored how an initiative’s external context (Political, Economic, Social, Technological) impacts its evaluation.  Health inequalities and their implications for evaluation were also covered, as was evidence.  There was lots of overlap between initiatives going on across the health economy, with emerging CIGs mainly focused on evaluating integrated/multi-disciplinary team and new pathway developments within and across primary, secondary, community health and social care.   At initiative level common interests included, for example, falls prevention, enhanced primary care, community teams, clinicians in the community, rehabilitation, transitional care, mental health and condition-specific support e.g. for cancer, COPD, CVD and diabetes.
Collaboration between our Partners in this initial workshop has already paid dividends and CLAHRC NWC looks forward to Workshop 2 in December 2016, where CIGs will continue to build their Logic Models, and will work on their stakeholder analysis, public involvement and building their local evaluation teams.
From Workshop 3 the aim is to ensure the public are invited via the Partner organisations to engage within the PPP.

More articles     Posted on: 21 November 2016