The key aim of this programme is to strengthen the culture for evidence informed best practice across our healthcare community. Current spiralling pressures on the NHS demand ways of doing things that ensure waste is limited and value maximised, achieving the right outcomes. Despite 20 years of Evidence based Medicine (EBM) in clinical settings, the NHS has not always been consistent applying and spreading evidence-based practice, resulting in care variations.
We are working with healthcare clinicians, managers and commissioners to support access and use of research evidence, developing extra capacity and capability and connecting with experts in using evidence, such as Public Health and NHS Library Services.
Here Peter Brindle, Lead for Commissioning Evidence Informed Care at the West of England AHSN, introduces the programme:
Evidence-informed approaches in action:
- 142 commissioners have been trained on how to find and use evidence to improve the effectiveness of commissioning decisions
- 10 GP Clinical Evidence Fellows are working with all 7 of our CCGs
- An average of 124 users access our evidence toolkit and 265 access our evaluation toolkit every month
- We have developed 14 case studies, in partnership with CLAHRC West, to showcase best practice in using evidence and evaluation
- We have provided two Leadership Series events for our local commissioners that have provided the opportunity to learn and share around the key priorities of diabetes and also musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions
- During July 2017 the West of England AHSN led a best practice event on MSK for the South West region, sponsored by NHS England and the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA), titled Musculoskeletal Health and Care across the Pathway: A Regional Priority. Over 90 delegates attended and this led to 40 pledges for MSK improvement that continue beyond the event.