Health Foundation supports work to improve discharge for major trauma patients

Monday, 20 April 2015

A project which aims to improve the discharge process for major trauma patients at Southmead Hospital Bristol, has been selected by the Health Foundation to be part of its new £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.

Analysis of patient feedback at North Bristol NHS Trust’s major trauma centre revealed that many of the issues raised by patients having difficulties after discharge home or to local hospitals could be addressed by a comprehensive discharge package delivered by a high level nurse practitioner.  

The project has taken on and developed elements of the successful ‘Re-engineering Discharge’ (RED) project carried out in Boston, USA.

It will involve introducing a discharge consultation with a trauma nurse, an individually tailored discharge pack, input from a pharmacist and assistance with forward planning for discharge.

The Innovating for Improvement programme is supporting 17 health care projects in the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care by testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice. The projects were selected after a three stage process including a telephone interview.

Over the course of the programme the team will develop its innovative idea and approach, put it into practice and gather evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of health care.

Project Lead from North Bristol NHS Trust, Professor David Lockey, said: “We are very pleased that the initial work done by our major trauma team has been supported by the Health Foundation and are looking forward to improving the trauma patient experience and hopefully reducing unscheduled healthcare attendances after discharge from the major trauma centre.

“Success in this project may well have potential to benefit other patient groups in the Trust.”

Libby Keck, Programme Manager from the Health Foundation said, “We are very excited to be working with such a high-calibre of teams, who all have great innovative ideas. As an organisation we are keen to support innovation at the frontline, therefore I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their innovative ideas over the next year.

“Our aim is to promote the effectiveness and real impact of the teams’ innovations and show how they have succeeded in improving the quality of health care, with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK health service.”

The programme will run for 15 months and each project will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project.