Ongoing work 2017 -  Loughborough University awarded funding in the Health Foundation's 'Evidence into Practice' programme

Patrick WatersonThomas JunThe Health Foundation has awarded Thomas Jun and Patrick Waterson at Loughborough University one of eight new awards in its new Evidence into Practice programme.

The Evidence into Practice programme aims to support improvement research to make a difference in practice and is designed to help research teams bridge the gap from academic research findings, to actionable information for people practising in the field. Thomas and Patrick will use the funds to support their research on systems safety to make a difference in RCA-based incident investigation practice in healthcare. The funding will enable the team to work with LIIPS and Cogni+ive Media (producer of RSA Animate and BBC History of Ideas series) to produce a hand-drawn animation film to accelerate the use of systems thinking in healthcare incident investigation.

To learn more about the project please visit the Health Foundation website. This work is ongoing supported by LIIPS.  

March 2017 - Unit dose, closed loop medicines management – Leicester open days

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust will be holding open days on 15 and 16 March, where they will welcome senior pharmacy, finance, nursing and IT colleagues from external trusts to visit their Unit Dose Closed Loop Medicines Management solution. This EMAHSN supported solution has proven to have huge benefits, both financially and operationally for UHL and is being considered for a wider trust roll out. The open days will provide delegates with the opportunity to see the system in action in the wards and will provide information about the steps UHL had taken to implement the Unit Dose Closed Loop Medicine Management solution which has supplied by IBSL (UK) Ltd. More information: UHL will be announcing further open days later in the year, if you would like to learn more about how this solution can significantly reduce medicine costs and improve patient safety or would like to request a space at the next open day please contact Aisha Ajij.

February 2017 - Innovation pioneered in Leicester goes national

A texting service that puts young people in touch with a school nurse has been spread throughout England and is now available to around 1 million school children.

ChatHealth was developed by frontline staff at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and was adopted by EMAHSN after winning our 2014 Innovation Awards. Initially available to 60,000 young people in Leicester, with our support it has been rapidly adopted throughout England and has reached the milestone within just 18 months.

The project won a NHS Innovation Challenge prize in 2015 and a Service Improvement and Innovation award at the 2016 NHS Recognition awards.

More information: Visit the ChatHealth webpage and follow ChatHealth on Twitter @ChatHealthNHS

February 2017  - Innovative project that supports junior doctors goes global

EPIFFANY (Effective Performance Insight for the Future) is an innovative intervention proven to increase junior doctor confidence and significantly reduce prescribing errors.

Developed at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and pioneered within United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, EMAHSN is supporting the widespread adoption of EPIFFANY. Based on its success in Leicester and subsequently in Boston - where it cut junior doctor prescribing errors by 60% - it has spread throughout New Zealand and over the next 12 months could be adopted by all East Midlands acute NHS Trusts.

EPIFFANY supports large performance improvements by making small changes to the way individuals work as a team - giving and receiving feedback and using clinical decision support technology for work or study. This technique is used throughout sport, most notably helping Team Sky win the Tour de France 4 times in 5 years.

The next phase will see the project rolled out to acute trusts in Nottinghamshire including Sherwood Forest.

In February the EPIFFANY team held their first train the trainer day sharing the principles of the project with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

More information: contact Cheryl Crocker or visit the EPIFFANY training programme webpage.

25th November 2016 - LIIPS Forum

LIIPS 2016 Forum

The LIIPS Forum 2016 held on 25th November offered a packed programme of presentations and interactive opportunities (programme below). The event attracted 90 staff and patient representatives from all LIIPS partner organisations and involved leaders from regional, national and international bodies involved in improvement and patient safety. Slides and further details are available here.


13th April 2016 - Lunch with Stephen Bolsin

stephen bolsinStephen Bolsin met informally with members of LIIPS and then joined the Core Development group meeting on 13 April 2016. Discussion included insights and thoughts on LIIPS now and for the future, importance of engaging students in safety and improvement and focusing on what is done well and not just on errors.

4th December 2015 - LIIPS Launch Event

Launch EventLIIPS held a very successful event to celebrate the achievements of LIIPS’ setup year, to fully launch the unit, and to continue shaping the focus and direction of LIIPS. The event included presentations on projects facilitated and assisted by LIIPS and a vision of what good care might look like from a patient perspective. There were opportunities for attendees to work together to consider productive ways to solve problems in the healthcare system collaboratively and a keynote speech by Prof Mary Dixon-Woods.The event was an excellent opportunity to make connections with others passionate about improving healthcare. It was attended by over 70 researchers, professionals, managers, students and patients.

Read our Storify and report on the LIIPS Launch Event.

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