This report provides an update on the work of the Design and Learning Centre and how it is leading and supporting clinical and social innovation and providing support to the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and the Joint Health and Wellbeing Board. Progress against the range of projects and programmes is detailed in the report including recent high-profile exposure on a national level.
The Clinical Design Director, the Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation provided a presentation on the work of the Design and Learning Centre (DLC). He explained in detail four key work pillars, these were:
1. Innovation - The Clinical Design Director set out the innovation priorities which included:
· working with the Kent and Medway Joint Health and Wellbeing Board and the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) across the priority area, Local Care;
· working in collaboration with the Academic and Health Science Network (AHSN) to find innovative solutions to challenges set by the STP Clinical and Professional Board and social care; and
· Using an agreed methodology to test the innovations and to roll out at scale / co-implementation if the evaluation proves positive.
2. Learning and Development - The Clinical Design Director explained that the DLC was established as the Kent and Medway STP Learning Hub and he set out the learning and development priorities which included:
· rolling out the Carers App;
· developing an STP “offer” to the new Kent and Medway Medical School; and
· working directly with the wider care sector and supporting recruitment, retention and new career opportunities for this sector as well as clinical staff including portfolio careers.
3. External and International Funding - The Clinical Design Director set out the external and international funding priorities which included:
· supporting innovation initiatives;
· applying for further funding to pilot and evaluate new initiatives. It was noted that a series of funding bids had already been submitted including a bid of £10M for the Ebbsfleet Intergenerational Housing and Technology Project; and
· the EU Buuertzorg Neighbourhood Care Model which had received £4.5M funding to enable health and social care teams to determine how best to meet the needs of their caseload across Kent and Medway.
4. Engagement, Research, Analytics and Co-implementation - The Clinical Design Director set out the engagement, research, analytics and co-implementation priorities which included:
· running innovation workshops and forums for key STP priorities including, Local Care, End of life, Carers App and Being Digital;
· facilitating the wider academic, analytical and research network including the Medway and Swale Centre of Organisational Excellence (MaSCOE) for the Clinical and Professional Board and other stakeholders; and
· co-implementing successfully evaluated solutions, reducing the need for more local pilots.
The Joint Board was advised that the DLC had a new collaborative arrangement, focussing on technologies and solutions to meet the challenges set by the Clinical and Professional Board. The first three challenges were across the Primary/ Local Care topic areas of diabetes, asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
The Clinical Design Director drew the Joint Board’s attention to the DLC’s current successes, this included the ESTHER Care Philosophy. Detailed information on this initiative was set out at paragraphs 4.5 to 4.10 of the report and it was explained that it had been featured in the Guardian Social Care Supplement set at out at Appendix 1 to the report. Other successful projects included: the Being Digital Strategy, the aforementioned Buuertzorg Neighbourhood Care Model and the Medication Compliance Project.
Lastly, it was explained that the DLC was working with Public Health on the following initiatives:
· Increasing bystander response through the Push Project - Giving 10 minutes of life (Cardiac compression project in schools in Medway).
· Antibiotic Reduction Challenge which aimed to reduce antibiotic prescribing by up to 50% (trials of blood testing had been completed at sites in Swale CCG area, and were underway in West Kent and the South Kent Coast CCG areas).
The Chairman of the Joint Board thanked the Clinical Design Director for his comprehensive presentation and the Kent and Medway Joint Health and Wellbeing Board:
a) noted the work of the Design and Learning Centre (DLC), how it is leading and supporting clinical and social innovation and providing support to the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and Adult Social Care and Health;
b) noted the collaborative arrangements in place with the Academic and Health Science Network (AHSN) to streamline the support and enabling offer to the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and the work commencing on the first challenge issued by the Clinical and Professional Board to the Collaborative;
c) noted the work the DLC is doing with Public Health on antibiotic reduction and the PUSH project;
d) supported the Design and Learning Centre in working with the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) to develop an offer to the new Kent and Medway Medical School;
e) noted the work of the DLC in establishing the Learning and Development Hub for the wider Care workforce aiming to improve recruitment, retention and career progression and supporting new delivery models for care providers;
f) noted the Digital developments the DLC is leading for Adult Social Care and Health and the STP and the Innovation methodology used; and
g) noted the ability by the DLC to access external and international funding.