Partner Priority Programme

CLAHRC NWC’s Partner Priority Programme (PPP) successfully launched on 8 November 2016 at the Gujarat Centre in Preston with the first in a suite of workshops bringing Partners together to evaluate their new models of out of hospital treatments and care.

The 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 Local Authority CIG members in the workplace. 

    Partners are developing capacity to embed evaluation as an integral part of change and transformation. The first day-long 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 methods 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, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

    UPDATE: February 2017

    Pictorial Story of February's Workshop

    Over 12 CLAHRC NWC Partners are starting to advance work on evaluating their own initiatives as part of the CLAHRC NWC Partner Priority Programme.

    After a series of introductory workshops the hard work has begun and three Collaborative Implement Groups (CIGs) have been established to progress individual projects of Partners. These three groups focus on

    A- Improving Access and Better Management
    B- New Pathways and Service Delivery
    C- Multi-Disciplinary Team Working, Integrated Care

    Partner’s existing services and planned ones have been allocated into these groups and work has started on practically evaluating or mapping a plan to evaluate individual services.

    “We have over 20 initiatives in the mix and this is very encouraging, it's testament to the belief our Partners have in the PPP and its potential” said Ruth Young, Public health Research and Development Manager of Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council and Deputy Theme Lead of the Knowledge Exchange Theme.

    Facilitated by very experienced researchers with a wealth of knowledge, coupled with additional support from external health economic/information experts, Partner staff will also be available to access quantitative and qualitative research specialists through the CIGs.

    “This support will continue to be available for Partner staff on an ongoing basis until the completion of their work”, said Mark Gabbay, Director of CLAHRC NWC. “In an ideal world we want to see clearly evaluated patient initiatives and their contribution towards reducing health inequalities and improving population wellbeing. The enthusiasm shown has been overwhelming and I’m hopeful that publications will also be a positive outcome. We will be capturing the narrative of our Partners’ work as evidence to demonstrate the value of the PPP.  

    “This model also presents the opportunity for healthcare providers to share their own experiences on implementing or planning to implement new healthcare projects so any cross-over or shared learning can start to incubate there and then. We have a role to play ensuring collaboration is at the heart of the PPP and Partners have access to working in multi-disciplinary teams so that this experience can go back to their workplaces.”

    All of the individual initiatives are currently being put into an  Evaluation Template  and matched against the CLAHRC NWC’s Health Inequalities Assessment Tool (HIAT), before being submitted to the CLAHRC NWC Steering Board.

    “All of the projects will be checked to ensure they are cost effective in reducing health inequalities, improving population health and reducing emergency admissions.” added Mark.

    In addition, a new Internship Programme has been offered to Partners with nine candidates already signed up. This will present additional opportunities to those Partner staff representatives who want to ensure their personal development runs in parallel with the progress they are making for their wider organisation.

    George Georgiou, Research Capacity Delivery Manager for CLAHRC NWC, said: “This is a real opportunity to nail the key evaluation skills many of our Partner staff will need as they quantify and measure the impact and benefits of their programmes to deliver improved healthcare to populations across the North West Coast. They will be able to access modules from courses at the University of Central Lancashire and have direct access to a team of highly experienced researchers and specialist staff in quantitative analysis.”