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Community Weighing Scales
A pioneering partnership between BCHC and a leading firm of medical weighing equipment manufacturers is on the path to developing a new set of scales for people in a wheelchair. The project was initiated by community dietitians who routinely have to carry a bulky set of apparatus into the homes of people across Birmingham who are tube-fed.
Improving medication safety in care homes using quality improvement methods
Marian House Nursing Home (located in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham) successfully implemented a quality improvement project to improve the safety of medicines rounds for residents in their care.
The Volunteer Platform (WAHT Edition)
The Volunteer Platform (WAHT Edition) is a clinical trial management tool developed in partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) and Being Guided. The Platform (to be renamed) aimed to provide an interface between patients and research staff, simplifying practices to improve the experience of patients and staff participating in research.
Whose Shoes - an innovative approach to coproduction
The ‘Whose Shoes?®’ approach, created by Gill Phillips, is an engaging approach to coproduction, used in over 80 NHS trusts, universities and more.
The West Midlands PPE Collective
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage across the West Midlands region and throughout the UK. Well known for its manufacturing capabilities, and world-class innovation infrastructure, the West Midlands was well placed to respond to the region’s life-threatening shortage of PPE within the community, care homes, and NHS.
Dignio Integrated Care Platform
Dignio offer a solution built to accommodate a seamless journey for individuals and care providers across increasingly complex care needs (self-management, domiciliary care, residential care, end of life care). The aim is to help keep people out of hospital, and in the safe hands of their care team in the comfort of their home. They provide a modern, easy to use remote care platform and connected devices to alert professionals if they need to act, and to engage people in their care. Health and social care teams across a region can use Dignio to monitor a single illness or a range of conditions. This has led to significantly reduced hospital admissions, and is saving healthcare millions of pounds.
SnoRelief is sound classification algorithm to detect and classify snoring sounds and sleep apnoea
SnoRelief is a sound classification algorithm to detect and classify snoring sounds and sleep apnoea by utilising a group of deep learning algorithms. The algorithms will classify sleep apnoea completely remotely without the patient needing to attach/wear any sensors, as it uses only audio data to make decisions via a patients Smartphone.
Smart with your heart
Smart with your Heart aims to reduce readmissions in heart failure pathways by using digital technology. The aim was to reduce the 'revolving readmission door' for heart failure patients, by working in partnership with secondary and primary care settings and three digital providers.
PAD and PAWS: Peripheral Arterial Disease and Prevention, Assessment, Wound management, Self-care
This service improvement programme aims to enable primary care staff to improve lower limb vascular assessments in patients with leg ulcers to allow appropriate treatment to start earlier.
An aid to help medical staff to be able to read small print whilst wearing PPE, without the need for their usual reading glasses.
Developed by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and launched in 2013, ChatHealth is a safe, secure and confidential messaging service that puts service users directly in touch with healthcare professionals. ChatHealth is now being used by over 70 healthcare teams in NHS organisations nationwide.
Safe Nasendoscopy Assisted Procedure (SNAP)
The SNAPe-i is easily fitted onto all conventional surgical masks, the patient then wears the mask and aligns the SNAPe-i with their nostril. This enables the surgeon to perform a nasendoscopy while minimising their risk of infections should the patient cough or splutter.