NICE Shared Learning Awards 2008
Fetal monitoring, improving life for isolated older people and linking primary care trust (PCT) commissioning to GP education - these were the issues tackled by the three winners of our 2008 Shared Learning Awards.
Nine shortlisted candidates presented their projects at ‘NICE 2008: excellence in action' our annual conference held in December. Theyhad the opportunity to compete for a prize of £500 in one of three categories: general systems, clinical guidelines and public health, with the promise of an additional £1000 and a trophy for the overall winner.
North Bristol NHS Trust won the clinical category - and the overall award -for ‘NICE training improves outcomes: making the right way the easiest way'.
The Trust used the recommendations from NICE clinical guideline 55, ‘Intrapartum care: management and delivery of care to women in labour' to develop training for a multidisciplinary team on electronic fetal monitoring. As a result, the number of babies born with brain damage was reduced from 27.3 to 13.6 per 10,000 births.
The project, which was presented at the NICE conference by Clinical Lecturer Dimitrios Siassakos, ‘clearly showed how the multidisciplinary team had developed a local solution to applying national guidelines'. This, in turn, had resulted in positive outcomes for babies.
The general category prize went to Bournemouth and Poole Teaching PCT for ‘Linking the commissioning role of the PCT to the GP education and training strategy'.
Giselle Thornton, Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Facilitator and Dr Alan Fisher, Westbourne Medical Centre Bournemouth, explained how the PCT provides GPs with summaries of NICE guidelines and identifies any misalignment between the guidelines and existing clinical practice or commissioning plans. It also organises GP-awareness raising workshops of relevant NICE guidance. In addition, computer-based prompt and reminder systems make it easier for them to apply the guidance when face-to-face with the patient.
The judging panel felt that this project not only addressed how to implement NICE guidance in primary care, but that the IT aspect of the system could be transferred to other PCTs or practices.
‘Enthusiasm for life: creative stimulation and behaviour change for older people and others' won the public health category for its work in helping isolated and often depressed older people in Devon.
So far, a thousand people have benefited from the project which is run by Upstream in the Community, a social enterprise which started life as a voluntary organsiation run by several local GPs but which is now funded by Devon PCT and the county council.
Trained community mentors help get people involved in activities where they can learn new skills and make new friends (including those who are housebound and their carers). The idea is to improve their health generally and reduce the use of medication, unnecessary GP visits and unplanned hospital admissions.
The entry, which was presented by Director Simon Goodenough, highlighted some of the principles advocated in ‘Behaviour change at population, community and individual levels' (NICE public health guidance 6). The judges describe it as a prime example of a sustainable voluntary sector initiative working in partnership with the public sector.
The Shared Learning Awards celebrate the best examples of how organisations haveimplemented NICE clinical or public health guidance.
For details of all the shortlisted projects, visit:
8 January 2009
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