Archive for August, 2021

Our Nottingham service user, Jean Lacey, has her own book published

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

­Nottingham service user, Jean Lacey, has had her second children’s book published, accompanied by her own amazing illustrations.

The talented author and artist has created the wonderful ‘Wiley the Fox’, which she hopes will be enjoyed by young boys and girls, like her grandchildren, as well as the parents and grandparents that get to read it alongside them.

In the opening synopsis of the book, it tells us about Jean as an author as well as the inspiration and hopes for the story, explaining that…

“She has three wonderful grandchildren, and her intention is to write children’s stories for each of them. All illustrations have been hand drawn by Jean in her book. Having already written ‘Georgina-Sue’s Hairy Scary Day’ for her granddaughter, this story is for her two growing young grandsons, JJ and Harvey.

It is her deep felt desire that you enjoy this book too and have many happy hours reading it to your children. The bonding that occurs between parent/guardian and their children, while reading to them from a physical book can often be overlooked in this digital, modern age of computer games and tablets. So, Jean hopes that this little story book will bring many happy times of closeness to adults and children alike.

Jean has a B.A. Hones degree in English studies from Nottingham University and is an accomplished artist in her own right. She has won awards and competitions with her artwork and short stories. This is her second published children’s story book and hopefully many more will follow.”

If you would like a copy of Jean’s fantastic book, please get in touch.

Public Policy Projects | Recognising the success of our Early Deterioration Project

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Our Early Deterioration Project has been published in the Public Policy Projects new report on ‘The Future of Social Care: Turning Rhetoric into Reality‘.

The Public Policy Projects is a global policy institute that offers practical analysis and development across a range of sectors, including health and social care. In their most recent publication the institute featured a case study on the initial success of our Early Deterioration Project. Within the case study they explained that…

‘The Early Deterioration in Home Care project in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire showcases innovation in technology working in a local setting to provide value for individuals and for the system as a whole.
Nottinghamshire County Council wanted to enable people to stay at home with a good quality of life for as long as possible. It saw that the best way to do this was to provide a homecare service that supported people to stay living independently at home while receiving support to maintain their health and wellbeing.

They saw the solution in the adoption of a digital solution on which health and local authorities could collaborate. The Early Deterioration in Home Care project group was born as a collaboration between Nottinghamshire County Council, Fosse Healthcare, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, Birdie Care (homecare software provider), East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and Nottinghamshire Alliance Training hub (NHS-led training body for health and social care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) and the local PCNs.

The project needed to understand the implications of developing a digital system solution, which could be adopted throughout the home care market. It had to be used to connect home care providers with GPs, emergency services, and the NHS to proactively identify and treat ‘soft sign’ changes of deterioration before they became larger critical care/medical concerns.

The success of the project is due to getting strong partnerships in place across health and social care. The PCNs were particularly important as the lynchpin allowing the sharing of information and observations about a person in a digital format as part of the clinical care pathway.

The benefits of the collaboration have been that:
• People are receiving the care they need faster – for example, through earlier identification of infections followed by remote prescription of antibiotics;
• People and their families feel more assured that concerns are adequately followed up, particularly in a time where many have not been able to visit GP services for many months due to Covid-19;
• Care workers can address issues in brief telephone consultations with GPs, whereas previously this would have resulted in several hours of work for GPs through unnecessary home visits;
• GPs and care workers are now developing new partnership-based working relationships. For example, where a GP asks the care worker to provide regular blood pressure observations for monitoring a patient over a period of time; and
• Care workers can engage more closely in supporting care people with health concerns and experience a new professional development opportunity due to additional training and responsibilities – this attracts new talent and lowers attrition.

It has been developed across the one ICS footprint and could be replicated across others.

The development of the Birdie Home Care App has allowed early detection of any problems and a clinical or social care response at an early stage to avoid any deterioration. This creates value for the person and for the health and care services as a whole, because it allows them to work in a proactive, rather than reactive, mode.

While technology is at the centre of this project, its real beating heart is the collaboration across the statutory health and local authorities and the private sector. The approach of joint endeavour, in which the product was developed iteratively and developed, has borne fruit, and there is potential for greater benefit. The partners are now also exploring other projects such as direct integration of data from the Birdie App into the Nottinghamshire care record and expanding to other pathways, such as discharge home to assess.’

Click here to find out how you can get access to the full report.