Case studies

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Investigating inequalities in cancer treatment for people with learning disabilities

NHSE wanted to examine if there were any inequalities in access to cancer treatment between people with and without Learning Disabilities. To do this data from several sources needed to be brought together to show the full patient experience. Once this data was codified it could be statistically processed to see if any differences were highlighted.

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How has care improved for children and young people in the South West?

NHSE/I South West region wanted an objective evaluation of the progress made by their seven systems in delivering the transformation needed in Children and Young People’s (CYP) services. SCW rapidly designed and mobilised a bespoke assessment process to provide a comprehensive evaluation. Best practice, key themes and recommendations were identified for the region.

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Delivering the CAMHS Hackathon Programme

NHS England and Improvement South East held an all-day hackathon event focused on the Children and Young People (CYP) Eating Disorder (ED) pathway in the region. The event identified ways to manage the immediate growth in CYP requiring ED services. As a result, we were asked to provide programme management for a regional workstream, to deliver the CAMHS Hackathon recommendations.  

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Insight into community dental services captured through national engagement platform

NHS England (NHSE/I) asked us to support the national Primary Care Community Services and Strategy Directorate with the design, implementation, and analysis of a survey of dental working patterns across England.

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In-depth analysis of learning disability roadmaps informs future work

To review the plans for Learning and Autism in their systems NHSE/I South West region wanted an analysis of the Learning Disability and Autism roadmaps submitted by their seven systems. We carried out a high-level review of plans to inform future work, a step towards making health and care services better for people with a learning disability and autistic people.

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Has the Accelerator programme helped to reduce elective waiting lists?

Bristol, North Somerset, and Somerset (BNSSG) Integrated Care System (ICS) was selected to take part in the Elective Accelerator programme, a national initiative launched in May 2021. The objective of the Accelerator programme was to reduce elective waiting lists by evaluating and implementing novel ways of working to increase the number of elective operations undertaken. 

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Protecting patient access to community pharmacy services

The Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) aims to ensure that a baseline level of patient access to NHS community pharmaceutical services in England is protected. Our geospatial team was engaged by the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to support implementation by delivering updated distance analytics to and between pharmacies.

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Delivering a masterclass on waiting list management

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused national backlogs across patients waiting for treatment. Further, national data was released to demonstrate the waiting list backlog for mental health. In response, the south west region required an event to share best practice in the management of waiting lists. They asked SCW to deliver this.

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National and local insights drive innovative primary care workforce planning

SCW was asked to deliver an insight-driven primary care programme to PCNs within the Buckingham, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West (BOB) Integrated Care System (ICS). This required the development of a workforce programme to support the participating PCNs with the identification of interventions that would deliver maximum impact and ensure that targeted care could be delivered to the population over the next 3, 5, and 10 years.

Somerset SEND Improvement

Somerset CCG and County council were found to have 'widespread weaknesses' in their Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services which were causing distress to many children, their parents, and their families.

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Making children and young people’s mental health services accessible

Berkshire West Integrated Care Partnership’s (ICP) Children and Young People’s (CYP) Mental Health and Learning Disability board tasked the system leaders to review all CYP emotional wellbeing and mental health services. As a result, we are currently working with Berkshire West ICP to align and integrate the variety of service access points for CYP, families and professionals. This will improve first and earlier response as well as improve the management of risk.

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The problem of constipation for people with a learning disability and autistic people

People with a learning disability and autistic people have demonstrably higher rates of constipation than the general population. It is, in fact, one of the five most common long-term health conditions reported by this group. We were asked by NHSE South West to carry out a rapid review to understand constipation and its management in people with a learning disability and autistic people.