A new approach to improving the quality of care and health outcomes was set out in the 2019 NHS Long-Term Plan. It emphasised the need to build on existing engagement with local communities to ensure their meaningful input into local plans. We supported Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire (SWAG) Cancer Alliance to evolve and increase patient and public involvement to ensure meaningful input into local plans.
Portsmouth Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) initiated a project for their elective activity to empower the partnership to work collaboratively with the aim of developing a shared understanding of the pressures and opportunities within the system.
As part of the evaluation of the new Rapid Diagnosis Services (RDS) pathways, we worked with Peninsula Cancer Alliance (PCA) to conduct surveys of patient experiences. The results were used to inform service improvement strategies.
Developing the Personalised Care and Support (PCS) work programme within Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire (SWAG) Cancer Alliance as a key aspect of effective care delivery.
SCW has supported the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to deliver phase 1 of their Organisational Design programme. We worked closely with the NICE Executive Team to explore a range of organisational design options, the advantages and disadvantages of each, the extent of change and NICE’s fitness-for-the-future ambitions.
Bringing eight IT systems into one single instance of CarePlus in Cheshire & Merseyside has proven there are numerous benefits from using a single CHIS IT system across the area; we have been able to maintain the accuracy of the child’s record and improve the data quality within the system.
Giving patients access to the best clinical pathways is a story of design and implementation - but knowing how your programme is being adopted is not always easy. SCWs work with the NHS Cancer Programme shows how it can be done.
Health Education England (HEE) were keen to know how much training was needed for key clinical areas across the south west of England to be comfortable working with genomics. An understanding of the existing genomics knowledge and expertise was needed as a starting point. We led a scoping review relating to the field of genomics to explore this on behalf of HEE.
Bringing head and neck cancer follow-up and rehabilitation closer to home was the aim of a pilot introduced by Thames Valley Cancer Alliance in 2018. But had the changes made a difference? SCW was asked to deliver an independent evaluation to support future decisions on wider roll-out.
Prehab4Cancer (P4C) launched a pioneering prehabilitation and recovery programme for cancer patients in Greater Manchester. The service uses a new community leisure centre-based approach. We were asked to carry out the important task of independently evaluating this ground-breaking initiative to confirm the recurrent funding needed.
COVID-19 has been the single greatest public health emergency in the history of the NHS. As well as continuing to provide care for people who needed it, the NHS contributed to the important global effort to develop safe and effective vaccines for the virus and deliver it in hundreds of hospitals, vaccination centres, pharmacies, and care homes across the country.
Being in the middle of the Project Management Office (PMO) team in the middle of a vaccine deployment programme was not something we thought we would be involved in. For months on end, the result of our work was not only headline news but also the topic of everybody’s conversations.