Supported by the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) and Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) launched the first of many deterioration study days on 14 February at Wolverhampton Science Park.
The event brought together a collaboration of expert presenters with the aim of the day to deliver best practice and excellent learning for recognising and managing deterioration.
The need for this project was highlighted through the two-year SPACE programme sponsored by the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative. The event also saw the launch of the SPACE Carers toolkit, a pocket handbook aimed to promote early recognition of deterioration.
The day started with a series of case studies and ‘The Last 1,000 Days’ video giving staff the opportunity to consider and reflect the lost opportunities and learning for excellence which could have occurred.
The day consisted of presentations to cover the following topics:
The afternoon session allowed staff to revisit the case study and apply tools identified such as Stop & Watch tool, NEWS2 and the ABCDE as an approach to recognising and managing deterioration.
Through role play, staff were able to gain confidence in understanding and completing a frailty assessment and how this can be instrumental in also recognising and managing deterioration.
This was followed by End of Life and how recognising when someone is entering this phase can facilitate a patient dying in the right place at the right time.
The day was filled with thought provoking videos and personal stories, capturing the essence of learning, and was attended by varying grades of staff from across different healthcare systems.
Reflecting on the day, Sam Williams, Deterioration Project Lead at Wolverhampton CCG, said: "The day was a huge success and the feedback from the attendees was one of keeness to implement the new skills, knowledge and tools into their teams. Places for future study days have already all been booked, which demonstrates the eagerness people to attend the training programme in recognising and managing deterioration, frailty and end of life”