A Knowledge Transfer Partnership helped hospital staff in the care of critically ill patients, developing a new model of care and improved data reporting.

Impacts

  • The KTP led to the development of a model of care for patients in an acute environment, with new models and templates for on-going data reporting
  • New ways of assessing patients who require critical care by staff in wards outside of the Critical Care Unit
  • Development of a critically ill patient care plan and an action pro forma for the management of the acutely ill
  • As a result of the KTP, the Trust was able to produce a discussion document and references in the Nursing Standard publication
  • The project also improved communication across the Trust, including the interface with junior doctors and understanding the learning needs of staff
  • £12,500 annual investment into Research and Development.

"We are committed to improving our identification and management of critically ill patients on the wards of this hospital, and this was an ideal opportunity to examine our processes in more detail." (Katharine Kite, Consultant Nurse in Critical Care and KTP Company Supervisor)

About the research

The James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of around 220,000 people in the Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Waveney areas. The patient group served by the Trust is an ageing population and has more chronic illness. As care becomes more specialised, there is a danger of decreased knowledge and skills amongst nursing and medical staff about the general management of potentially or actually critically ill patients.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the Trust and the University of East Anglia set out to enable ward staff to recognise and treat impending and acute critical illness in their patients, through education and training programmes and immediate clinical support structures.

The KTP project enabled the Trust to develop a model that incorporates the actual experiences of trying to care for patients in an acute environment. It led to new templates for ongoing reporting of data and new ways of assessing patients who require critical care by staff in wards outside of the Critical Care Unit. The project also highlighted particular staff learning needs and focused on the evaluation of teaching inputs and examined ways to support current teaching.