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Entec Health at CNO Summit 2017

Entec Health is delighted to be participating at the NHS England Chief Nursing Officer's Summit at Hilton Metropole Birmingham 14th and 15th March 2017.

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Come and see the Entec Health team at Stand 17 where we will be showcasing:

Silhouette digital 3D wound assessment and remote wound monitoring solution

Wound Care Buddy Formulary Platform and Mobile App Solution

We are also running an Entec Health workshop on 14 March 2017 at 1pm Henley Room, 

"Strategies for reducing unwarranted variation in wound care" Entec Health_workshop_AddressingVariation_WoundCare

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See See True Cost of Wound Care - Entec Health blog article

About the CNO Summit

The Chief Nursing Officer for England’s Summit offers an important opportunity for the senior leadership community across the nursing, midwifery and care professions to come together to explore and plan how to use the community's collective knowledge, experience and ambition to respond to and deliver on current pressures and the future design of the health and care system.

The 2017 Summit will build on the work last year when consensus was reached around what became ‘Leading Change, Adding Value: a framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff’; which was launched in May 2016.

Over 500 senior leadership delegates have registered and the CNO Summit 2017 will present a much valued opportunity to engage with peers, learn about strategies and resources and to meet with key industry partners to develop staff, deliver improvements and create new sustainable models of care. 

Visit NHS England CNO Summit 2017 website

Wound assessment - new national CQUIN Indicator

Wound Assessment announced as national CQUIN indicator 2017-2019

 

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SilhouetteConnect wound assessment software screen

There is a sea-change required to help improve wound outcomes and reduce the health economic burden of patients suffering with wounds in the UK. The pivotal publication by Guest et al is a stark reminder of the gaps and the opportunities for improvement in wound management in the UK health system (1,2).

NHS England has been researching and consulting on this matter and there is a clear case made now to have a strong focus on wound assessment and wound outcomes delivered by providers, as apposed to activity-based commissioning and contracting for wound care services.

Please read on for a summary of the National CQUIN Indicators and specific details on the wound assessment CQUIN goal set for 2017-2019 for community providers.

Overview - Headlines from NHS England CQUIN scheme announced for 2017-2019 (3)

The CQUIN scheme (The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) is a payments framework for providers to deliver clinical quality improvements and drive transformational change.

A two year scheme has been announced for 2017-2019, to give certainty and stability on the CQUIN goals and enable health communities to focus on implementing the initiatives. (4)

The CQUIN scheme aims to support delivery of the Five Year Forward View and directly link to the NHS Mandate.

Two areas of focus are outlined in the NHS England CQUIN Guidance , extracted here (4):

“1. Clinical quality and transformational indicators - 13 indicators have been defined which aim to improve quality and outcomes for patients.

2. Supporting local areas:

  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans – reinforcing the critical role providers have in developing and implementing local STPs.
  • Local financial sustainability – encouraging providers and commissioners to work together to achieve financial balance and to complement the introduction of system control totals at STP level. “

The National CQUIN Indicators for 2017-2019 (4)

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Details of Wound Assessment CQUIN for Community Providers (5)

Indicator name: Improving the assessment of wounds

Indicator weighting (% of CQUIN scheme available)         0.25%

Description of indicator: The indicator aims to increase the number of wounds which have failed to heal after 4 weeks that receive a full wound assessment.

Rationale for Wound Assessment CQUIN Indicator

Extract from Page 130 of NHS England CQUIN Indicator Specification (5):

“1/ Failure to complete a full assessment can contribute to ineffective treatment which therefore   delays the rate of wound healing for patients. This has significant consequences for patients in respect of their quality of life as failure to treat wounds correctly can lead to delays in healing or failure to heal.

2/ For providers and commissioners the delay in wound healing   relates to the resources being consumed inappropriately. Managing patients with wounds and their associated co-morbidities is estimated to cost the NHS £5.3 billion; the average cost of unhealed wounds is more than double that of healed wounds.  There is also significant variation in current practice.

3/ A recent economic evaluation of a  wound care pathway for chronic wounds demonstrates that the current pathway experienced by many patients  delivers poorer outcomes at greater cost to the commissioner – the study estimates this cost to be approximately  10 times greater.  “

Achieving Transformational Change for Wound Care Pathways

Entec Health is working with NHS Providers to develop and deliver transformation of wound care pathways, enabled with the innovative Silhouette (ARANZ Medical) digital wound assessment and information management solution. (6,7,8,9,10)

Find out more here: Download Silhouette Health Innovation Prospectus

Contact us to discuss wound care transformation

Silhouette is developed and manufactured by ARANZ Medical. Entec Health is an appointed distributor for ARANZ Medical in the UK.

References and Resources  

1/ Health economic burden that wounds impose on the National Health Service in the UK: Guest JF, et al BMJ Open 2015:5:e009283. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009283, View BMJ Open Article

2/ The True Cost of Wound Care, Kate Pym, Entec Health Guest Blog: See Blog

3/ NHS England CQUIN 2017-2019 Resources: See NHS England CQUIN Resources 2017-2019

4/ CQUIN 2017/19 Guidance – Publications Gateway Reference 06023 See NHS England CQUIN Resources 2017-2019

5/ CQUIN Indicator Specification – Publications Gateway Reference 06023 See NHS England CQUIN Resources 2017-2019

6/The use of electronic data capture devices in wound care settings. J.Fletcher, Wounds UK 2012, Vol 8, No 4 Download Publication

7/ EMAHSN Diabetes Foot Digital Solution  Care Closer to Home demonstrator, enabled by Silhouette. Read more EMAHSN website

8/ Going Digital, case study of early adopter experience with Silhouette, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Diabetic Foot Clinic, London, UK. M.Bates, March 2013. Download Case Study via this page

9/ Use of novel 3D digital technology for assessment of diabetic foot ulceration. J Lucas et al, Diabetes Foot Clinic, King’s College Hospital, London, SAWC Poster Presentation April 2015 (Please request copy via author)

10/ Pressure Ulcer Management case study, Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Long Term Acute Care Facility, Los Angeles, US, October 2013, See Case Study (ARANZ Medical web page)

 

The True Cost of Wound Care

Paper published in the BMJ Open [1] evaluates the annual NHS cost of managing wounds and associated co-morbidities as £5.3billion– comparable to cost of obesity [2].

I find this a surprising even staggering statistic. This has not been on my radar before and I am wondering how may NHS CEOs, CCG Commissioners, Finance Directors, LA Commissioners, clinical leaders and service managers have a grasp of the true cost of wound care?

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Infographic © Entec Health March 2016

If this was a paper on obesity, diabetes or mental health, I wonder if its eye-opening findings would have been so hidden from the mainstream view?  So why is wound care so often the overlooked, day-to-day service of the NHS? As a nurse-led service, the care of patients is predominantly managed within the community. Is the lack of visibility therefore as a result of wound care not being physically represented in its true volume as a full waiting room or secondary care waiting list?

Messages I took from this BMJ Open article:

  • Eye-watering cost to health care of managing wounds and associated co-morbidities at £5.30 billion per annum, which when adjusted for comorbidities still runs at £5.1 to £4.5 billion.
  • Management is predominantly nurse led and as such receives far less attention as a service
  • “Clinical and economic benefits could accrue from improved systems of care and an increased awareness of the impact that wounds impose on patients and the NHS”

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Infographic © Entec Health March 2016

So does this article cover the full cost of wound care?

The paper by Guest at al [1] takes into account the cost of health professionals’ time and prescribed products, but does not include social care costs (additional support at home, home adaptations, equipment and admissions to long term care).

The paper cites “Also excluded were the costs incurred by patients taking time off work. However, patients’ mean age was >65years, so it is unlikely that many were in employment”.  I would add to this – their family are likely to be in employment, and equally likely to be taking time off work to attend clinic appointments with patients and provide unpaid care.  How many will have had to give up work entirely in order to provide full-time care? 

 

“Invisible” patients lost in the system? 

Posnett et al [3] concluded in 2008 that 400,000 new pressure ulcers were occurring in the UK each year, whereas Guest et al cite a prevalence of 153,000.  This is a vast difference that Guest postulates could be accounted for by management in care and nursing homes – care predominantly provided by private providers on behalf of local authorities, leaving both open to additional management costs and risk of litigation.

 

The price of poor management of pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers as an example, are seen as avoidable, although frequently an outcome of medical care.  Prevention of pressure ulcers is a key focus and rightly so. However, there is ample opportunity to also improve outcomes for those individuals already suffering from these painful and life-impairing wounds.  A recent request to the NHS Litigation Authority under Freedom of Information [4] has identified the cost of claims for clinical negligence associated with pressure sores from April 2010 to April 2015 is just under £19 million, with the cost of claims in the 2014/15 tax year alone exceeding £7.1 million for 172 successful claims. 

Each of these claims represents an individual person whose life has been blighted, distraught families, friends and loss of life quality.  No matter what we say about today’s litigious society, the decision to take legal action, with the time and stress involved is not an easy one.  Imagine feeling aggrieved enough to sue on behalf of yourself or your loved one.  Surely if curative actions were taken promptly, effectively, and accountably, the psychological impact of the injury could be reduced and we would hope the healing time improved.

What about the cost to social care?

Those admitted to long term care, already have a tendency towards conditions which reduce mobility and tissue viability.  Taylor et al 2010 [5] identified the following pre-existing conditions on admissions to long-term care in Oxfordshire:

Urinary incontinence                45%

Dementia                                 40%

Bowel incontinence                  34%

Depression                               25%

Visual impairment                    21%

Stroke                                      19%

Diabetes                                   17%

COPD                                       6%

Learning disability                     2%

Criteria for council funded admission for long-term care is stringent, these people already require a high level of support, add a poorly managed leg ulcer or pressure ulcer and mobility is further impacted, making the complexity and cost of management far higher.

How can we assess if money is being spent effectively on treatment?

Wound care forms part of community care provision, predominantly through district and community nursing.

The major concern over this state of affairs is that money is pouring into the service (whether sufficiently or not is another subject), without accurate outcome measurements to demonstrate if the spend, or any particular treatment is effective.

Without robust, documented evidence of outcomes achieved, there is a continued risk of lack of transparency on quality of care, cost-effectiveness and opportunities for continuous improvement.

There is an obvious duty of care to establish accountable care where each Trust/Service Provider can be confident that staff actions are  effective and delivering the best possible care to patients.  With clearer and mandatory reporting of wound outcomes we could avoid wasting time, effort and money on ineffective and often expensive treatment regimes. We can look to a future where the NHS stops relying on activity as a measurement of treatment and starts monitoring wound outcomes as a measure of effectiveness.

Practices have targeted high cost dressings in the past as a means of reducing costs, but have not addressed the need for accurate assessment, measurement and reporting  of wound progress and thereby the effectiveness of treatment.  Yes, savings have been made by centralising stock, and improved stock management, but what about answering the question “is this patient receiving the right treatment at the right time for the best possible outcome? ”

 

What can be done?

The key gap in wound care seems to be availability of robust wound informatics to monitor, document and report wound outcomes at a patient and patient-population level.

Accurate wound measurement, photographs and data sharing across the health economy allows for more objective management, holistic treatments, swifter interventions when regimens are ineffective and clearer visibility of the use of overstretched resources.   This would also mean that the cost of time invested can be evaluated, as each wound care action and outcome is recorded, and the whole system becomes fully accountable.

Digital solutions for wound assessment are now emerging to enable capture of wound outcomes data to support improved clinical management of patients. The NHS has an opportunity to upgrade it’s approach to delivering accountable, cost-effective care to patients who deserve optimal outcomes when suffering with chronic, complex or acute wounds.

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References

[1] Health economic burden that wounds impose on the National Health Service in the UK: Guest JF, et al BMJ Open 2015:5:e009283. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009283 http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/12/e009283.full

[2] Royal College of Physicians 2013.  Action on obesity: Comprehensive care for all Report of a working party January 2013 http://www.evidence.nhs.uk/search?q=obesity0nhs

[3] The burden of chronic wounds in the UK: Posnett et al Nurs Times 2008:104:44-5

[4] http://www.nhsla.com/otherservices/Documents/2484%20-%20Pressure%20sores.pdf

[5] Oxfordshire County Council’s research into preventing care home admissions and subsequent service redesign: Taylor et al; Research, Policy and Planning (2010) 28(2), 91-102

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Entec Health shortlisted for MedilinkWM Award

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Medilink West Midlands has announced Entec Health as a shortlisted candidate for Partnership with NHS, in its Medical and Healthcare Business Awards 2015. The Awards event will take place at Malmaison Birmingham on 14 January 2016 and is set to start the year with a great flourish for the ventures which will be celebrated for their expertise, commitment and success.

"I am delighted that Entec Health's collaboration with the NHS to support best practice in wound care for the benefit of patients has been recognised by the panel", said Achala Patel, Founder and Managing Director of Entec Health.  

Over the past 4 years, Entec Health has developed strong engagement with a wide range of NHS Trusts to explore a new evidence-based approach in wound management practice, enabled by digital technology. 

Currently there is unacceptable variability in the standard of chronic wound care practice and outcomes achieved across the NHS nationally (1). Wound Care provision for patients with chronic wounds has a high cost to the NHS, estimated at £3billion per annum. (2,3).

Entec Health has an active NHS partnering programme which involves informing and engaging NHS stakeholders on the advantages of adopting digital wound assessment and wound informatics to address this “clinical excellence and cost-effectiveness gap” in wound management. The Silhouette system (ARANZ Medical) helps clinicians to capture, document and share digital wound images and objective, quantified wound healing data across a care pathway to support improved clinical practice, patient experience and service transformation. 

Entec Health is collaborating with innovator clinical champions and NHS Trusts to embed Silhouette as an enabler technology for evidence-based care and open up opportunities to improve the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of managing patients with chronic and acute wounds. 

The Partnership with NHS Award category is sponsored by West Midlands AHSN. You can find further details via the link.

http://www.medilinkwm.co.uk/events/medilinkwm-medical-and-healthcare-business-awards-2015

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Download Silhouette King's Diabetes Foot Care Case Study:

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References:

  1. The need for EU standards in wound care: an Irish survey. Moore Z, Cowan S. (2005).
  2. Wounds UK, 1(1): 20-8.The Smith and Nephew Foundation: Skin Breakdown – The Silent Epidemic. Posnett J, Franks P.J. (2007). The cost of skin breakdown and ulceration in the UK. Smith and Nephew Foundation, Hull.
  3. The resource costs of wound care in Bradford and Airedale primary care trust in the UK. Vowden K, Vowden P, Posnett J. (2009). Journal of Wound Care; 18: 93- 102.
  4. The use of electronic data capture devices in wound care settings. J.Fletcher, Wounds UK 2012, Vol 8, No 4
  5. Going Digital, case study of early adopter experience with Silhouette, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Diabetic Foot Clinic, London, UK. M.Bates, March 2013, Online Case Study Publication, NHS High Impact Innovations Showcase.

Beyond EPR - digital technology for clinical improvement and innovation

Clinical System to support wound care pathways - SilhouetteConnect wound assessment and wound healing progress chart and data screen*

Beyond EPR - A need for IT Investment in Clinical Systems, Informatics and Applications 
After over a decade of focus, investment and a tough journey in implementing EPR and EMR systems (electronic patient record/electronic medical record systems), there is an understanding that EPR systems are not a universal, all singing/all dancing solution to meet all the digital needs of the NHS. There is a new emphasis in the air that serious consideration should be given to front-line technology that can help deliver excellence in clinical care combined with optimising clinical productivity and efficiency. That means Healthcare Providers identifying and adopting clinical systems and applications which address specialist clinical areas with sufficient depth of functionality to be of meaningful use and value.
Five Year Forward View - digital health technology is key to service transformation
At a recent Technology Forum hosted by Health Service Journal (HSJ) in London, HSJ experts and key note speakers highlighted some key themes on the Department of Health's technology strategy to support the Five Year Forward View: 

1) DH will be looking for NHS Provider Trusts to invest in digital technology that improves clinical quality, productivity and efficiency.   

2) NHS Trusts will be required to seize opportunities to adopt technology that supports new models of care that respond to needs of patients, improve service access and optimise service cost-effectiveness.

3) CCGs will be developing digital roadmaps and reviewing digital maturity index of Provider Trusts to support service transformation, capacity planning and capability building from 2016 onwards.
Digital wound assessment system to support clinical improvement and innovation in chronic wound care pathways  
It is reported that the NHS currently spends £3 billion on provision of wound care services for patients with chronic wounds (Posnett 2007). There is a significant opportunity in the NHS to improve clinical management of patients with chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers, and pressure ulcers to optimise patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness (Vowden 2009, Moore 2005). Silhouette is an innovative digital wound assessment and information management system which can support technology-enabled clinical transformation in wound care pathways to support delivery of the Five Year Forward View:
i) Enhances clinical productivity, effectiveness and efficiency  - Silhouette automates wound assessment tasks and produces objective digital wound progress data to enable evidence-based, standardised wound assessment practice and treatment planning,  with time saved in data capture and data sharing.
ii) Enables new models of care and service delivery - Silhouette supports integrated care pathways and teleconsultation models of care. Silhouette data is managed on secure, web-enabled database hosted on NHS/Client server. The care team can access Silhouette digital wound information remotely along care pathway - saving time, supporting integrated care, increasing reach of specialist HCPs, reducing hospital visits, increasing capability to care for patients with chronic/complex wounds in community. 
iii) Supports Strategic Digital Transformation - CCGs are expected to respond well to Provider Trusts going forward with Silhouette investment - Silhouette is a proven solution involving low risk implementation and moderate price point tech investment with capability to deliver tangible benefits for staff productivity, patient experience/outcomes and potential financial savings within short time-frame.  
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See Wounds UK Paper on Electronic data capture for wound care
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*SilhouetteConnect screen image reproduced by kind permission of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Top 10 attributes for Health Innovation

Health Innovation - key to a sustainable future

Health Innovation is vital to every healthcare system in the world. Health Innovation can be defined as a pro-active, patient-centric response to delivering “fit for purpose” healthcare services in an ever changing landscape. In a “fit for purpose” healthcare service - patients, payers, commissioners and relevant stakeholders - are assured of excellence in patient outcomes and a health service which is equitable, value for money, appropriate to socio-economic demands and sustainable.

Health Innovation - enabled by technology

Health Innovation is a key strategic goal for the devolved UK nations. Health Innovation, enabled with  empowering digital technologies, is considered a critical catalyst to accelerating delivery of the NHS Five Year Forward View.

See NHS 5YFV Exec Summary

Entec Health is in the business of partnering with the NHS and Qualified Healthcare Providers to deliver Health Innovation, enabled by technology and transformation solutions. Our key areas of focus are health innovation in wound management, long term conditions, self-management and health informatics for better health outcomes. Learn more about us:

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 Top 10 Attributes for Health Innovation - enabled by technology

Entec Health has built a body of field experience and knowledge in facilitating Health Innovation, involving engagement of over 400 stakeholders in 80+ NHS entities. This experience has been largely gained in introducing the Silhouette digital wound assessment and information system (ARANZ Medical) to the UK for transformation of Tissue Viability services and Diabetes Foot services in the NHS. We believe the insights and learning shared here may be of value across a range of healthcare services. Based on this experience, Entec Health has identified the 10 key attributes of successful transformation teams in driving forward Technology-enabled Health Innovation in the UK environment.

Health Innovation Index - facilitating success for transformation teams

The Health Innovation Index (HII) is Entec Health's home-grown qualitative tool, based on these 10 Key Attributes for Health Innovation. The HII is a simple, observational approach for checking if the right conditions for health innovation exist already or if there is some way to go before the transformation team can move forward. 

A score from 1 to 10 is assigned for each of the HII Key Attributes based on what is in evidence in the environment that the transformation team is operating in, with 1 = low, 10 = high.

Similar to a Human Resources appraisal, the attributes are assessed based on finding tangible examples of the attribute which can be observed as behaviours, actions and results.

A perfect HII score would mean a transformation team scoring 10 out of 10 for all 10 attributes = 100 points. Using the HII tool, we can support our clients to prepare for success by leveraging strengths and addressing gaps, to ensure that the conditions for Health Innovation enabled by technology, are very favourable for the transformation team. Collaboration for success. 

Health Innovation Index (HII) © Entec Health November 2015

Discover Silhouette - Wound Care ServiceTransformation 

Are you looking for innovative ways to improve clinical effectiveness, efficiency, service access and patient experience for your wound care service? Discover how the Silhouette digital wound assessment and information management system can help.

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Get in touch - share your vision and goals for Health Innovation

We would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact us for an exploratory discussion.

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Health Innovation Index (HII) © Entec Health November 2015

AHSNs and Alice in Wonderland

AHSNs and Alice in Wonderland

"Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that."
The Red Queen to Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I was literally out of air after 4 tough years as Managing Director of Entec Health, running incredibly hard to secure a sliver of success with introducing the Silhouette (ARANZ Medical) digital wound assessment solution to the NHS. Then along came AHSNs, the Academic Health Science Networks, like a breath of fresh air, offering much-needed advice and support to help Entec Health continue and run twice as fast. 

In our zeal to take an innovative, smart digital solution to the NHS, Entec Health has clocked up interactions with over 400+ NHS stakeholders, ranging from clinical leaders, service managers, front-line nurses, IT Directors to procurement specialists across some 80+ NHS entities. During the company's campaign to engage and recruit early adopters in the NHS, we have had some excellent support from a number of AHSNs. Though it should be noted that the quality of engagement and the rate of success has varied across the range of AHSNs. Often, a major factor is the effectiveness of the liaison partners appointed by AHSNs to manage the industry engagement.

Created in 2013, AHSNs have been getting into their stride with establishing relationships with partner stakeholders and developing joint programmes to deliver on agreed health & social care regional priorities. NHS England describes the role of AHSNs as:

"AHSNs have been established to deliver a step-change in the way the NHS identifies, develops and adopts new technologies and are predicated on partnership working and collaboration between the NHS, academia, the private sector and other external partners within a single AHSN context and across AHSNs."

It would be fair to say that Entec Health has had meaningful interactions with eight AHSNs to date and the company is now actively working with four of these AHSNs, together with partner NHS Trusts. My observation is that the effort to succeed with introducing innovative, enabling technology to the NHS is still a very tough mission but with AHSNs on the landscape, Entec Health now has allies who can give a steer on where we should put in the effort, find potential matches who connect to our value proposition and point us towards supporting resources we can leverage. 

As with any "transformation agency", the business of delivering the remit of AHSNs is challenging and there is still a lot of work to be done. A recent survey shows promising progress - the direction of travel of AHSNs is well supported by stakeholders.

"National survey finds 73% of stakeholders would recommend working with AHSNs." AHSN Stakeholder Survey 2015, YouGov

"The NHS needs to deliver a step-change in the way it identifies, adopts and spreads best practice, clinical innovations and new technologies more quickly and at scale in order to meet the enormous challenges set out in the Five Year Forward View." West Midlands AHSN website post 30.10.2015

See full AHSN Stakeholder Survey Report via this link:

http://wmahsn.org/storage/resources/documents/Stakeholder_survey_results__AHSN_Report_v0.6_(2)_.pdf

Looking ahead to the future and working towards effective adoption of relevant innovative technology by the NHS at scale and pace, Entec Health would propose that AHSNs could look to strengthen support in the following key areas:

1/ Closer links and relationships with strategic decision makers who have budgetary authority and have a remit to engage in strategic discussions and review of emerging technologies ready for NHS adoption. Strategic decision makers such as CEOs, Medical Directors, Finance Directors, Service Managers, Business Managers, Quality/Performance Improvement Managers, Innovation Leaders and Chief Clinical Information Officers in acute AND community NHS Provider Trusts.

2/ Better insights into how NHS Trusts will fund emerging technology investments and how they will prioritise these investments over next 5 years.

3/ Effective procurement strategies that NHS Trusts can use for purchase of innovative, emerging new technologies that come onto the market.

4/ Direct funding by AHSNs for specific demonstrator projects to validate and showcase benefits of embedding new technology to support development of best practice and healthcare service innovation. 

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Health Service Improvement Champion & Coach

Entec Health is delighted to announce that Kate Pym will be supporting the organisation as a Health Service Improvement Champion & Coach. Kate Pym is an Accredited Healthcare Manager with the Institute of Healthcare Management, an Accredited Trainer with the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Registered and Certificated DiSC Trainer.

Before establishing herself as an independent consultant, Kate built a successful career over 20 years in the Pharmaceutical, Private Health and Social Care sectors. 

Kate brings strong experience and expertise in health service redesign, transformation projects, leadership, market access and strategic management. Kate has worked with senior NHS and Social Care commissioners and stakeholders across the UK, in a variety of services including dialysis, oncology and community care.

Kate will be working alongside Achala Patel, Managing Director, Entec Health to support the company's healthcare clients on realising clinical, patient and organisational benefits of the Silhouette digital wound assessment and information management system.

The Silhouette System (ARANZ Medical) is an innovative and enabling technology which supports improved clinical effectiveness and efficiency for wound management pathways in both primary care and secondary care settings. Entec Health is an appointed distributor to ARANZ Medical for Silhouette in the UK.

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 “I am thrilled to be working with Entec Health, a  thought-leader and innovator in health technology.  Achala is an inspiration and demonstrates real vision in her mission to support transformation of wound management practice.  Entec Health has a patient-centred approach to health innovation which heralds great things for collaborative service improvement. It is always a great privilege to work in the development of health services with an overall objective of improving patient lives.”  commented Kate Pym,  an appointed Health Service Improvement Champion & Coach for Entec Health

Achala Patel, Managing Director, Entec Health added "I am really delighted and excited to have Kate Pym join our mission -  Entec Health's key goal is to collaborate with our clients to drive health innovation, enabled through technology solutions. Kate's passion and expertise in designing and delivering health service improvement strategies will be a major asset for us and our clients."  

Read more, J Fletcher Wounds UK article

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Great resources for improving healthcare quality 

As a company with a mission to support health innovation through technology-enabled transformation, we are really encouraged by the much stronger appetite and sense of urgency that is in the air around leading and driving meaningful, sustainable improvements in the NHS.

To support the direction of travel shared in the NHS England Five Year Forward View, Time to Deliver, June 2015 update, there are a number of rich resources that we want to shout about that NHS change leaders may wish to turn to in their quest for doing things in a better way for the good of patient outcomes, patient experience and a more sustainable, cost-effective NHS service.

See NHS England Five Year Forward View , Time to Deliver, June 2015, at https://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/06/04/time-to-deliver/

NHS Improving Quality have now launched the second edition of the NHS IQ Prospectus which signposts users to a wealth of tools, training and publications to support improvements in quality of care and transformational change. See more at http://www.nhsiq.nhs.uk/resource-search/publications/prospectus.aspx#sthash.tXRlqeh4.dpuf

 The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, has also launched in July 2015, a comprehensive guide to quality improvement methods which provides concise summaries of the types of strategic transformation approaches which can deployed to support improvements in the NHS. You can view and download the HQIP Guide here http://hqip.org.uk/assets/Guidance/Guide-to-quality-improvement-methods-July-2015.pdf

 

If you are specifically involved in leading and managing wound management care pathways, you may find the Entec Health Silhouette Prospectus a valuable source of information and inspiration. The Silhouette Prospectus puts forward a case on how digital wound assessment and information management technology can help organisations to transform wound care practice and wound outcomes management for improved wound care pathways and evidenced-based care. You can download the Silhouette Prospectus here: http://info.entechealth.com/silhouette-prospectus-discover-digital-wound-assessment

Silhouette video launched on WEAHSN HI Channel

West of England AHSN has launched an introductory video to inform and inspire clinicians on the benefits of Silhouette digital wound assessment and information management technology.

Together with the online video launch on the West of England AHSN Health Innovation Channel, there is a call for clinical innovators who are interested in collaborating on technology-enabled improvements in wound management pathways:

"A digital 3D wound assessment and management system for acute and community care. Seeking innovators involved in Tissue Viability and Podiatry services to collaborate with as early adopters for both clinical research and clinical practice. This can incorporate clinical leads and service leads who have a vision of transforming pathways of care for leg ulcer, pressure ulcer and diabetic foot ulcer management to deliver evidenced-based care, better patient experience and improved cost-effectiveness."

West of England AHSN Health Innovation Channel 

Find out more about the opportunities for wound practice innovation: http://info.entechealth.com/silhouette-prospectus-discover-digital-wound-assessment

See the Silhouette introductory video on WEAHSN Health Innovation Channel: https://www.weahsn.net/entec-health-silhouette/5860/#sthash.WfpQZXao.dpuf

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