The South West PSC has been focusing on the following priorities:
Identifying and managing people at risk of deterioration and sepsis
Implementing a tracheostomy care programme to help manage patients with a tracheostomy
Support for maternity and neonatal units
Pulse Oximetry and COVID virtual wards
Oximetry@ Home is a programme to support COVID-19 patients to monitor their own blood-oxygen saturation to help detect earlier deterioration of people with COVID-19, both in the community and in care homes. This involves regular monitoring via the local health care team, and allows the patient to remain at home, with their treatment being escalated quickly if early signs of deterioration are seen.
Optimising Devon vaccinations rollout
At the end of 2020, we were asked to support Devon ICS (Integrated Care System) to optimise COVID-19 vaccinations roll-out, including improvement tools and learning approaches to enable the system to vaccinate as many citizens as possible.
A 4-week rapid learning cycle was undertaken, looking at processes, maximising resources, and increasing throughput at each of the 6 vaccination sites. Other comparable research was undertaken at sites elsewhere in the country, gathering best practice examples. Vaccine supply, patient flow and workforce were the three key areas identified.
These learnings were shared with a range of stakeholders in the region and beyond.
100% of COVID Oximetry @home services fully available and all acute trusts had access to virtual wards
As of the end of March 2021, over 888 people benefited from COVID Oximetry @home and COVID Virtual Wards programmes across Devon, Somerset and Cornwall
Our work has contributed to a 50% increase in patient throughput as part of wider support given to enable system improvements at vaccination sites