Maternity, Children and Young People Projects

Please see below QI fellowship projects relating to maternity, children and young people

Improving psychological screening for young people with the creation of the HEEADSSS app

Author: Dr David James, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant, Quality Support Fund 2018-19

Helping Hand: Support and empowerment for people living with diabetes, their families and clinical teams travelling through transition from paediatric to adult healthcare services

Summary: Using Quality Improvement and Human Centred Design to prototype a Care Navigator supporting patients living with Type 1 Diabetes as they move from paediatric to adult services. The Care Navigator enables healthcare services to fit around each patient’s individual needs, providing clinical and non-clinical support throughout their transition journey.

Author: Dr Matthew Guy, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Individual QI Fellowship 2018-19

Appropriate identification of children at nutritional risk; development of ‘Measure, plot, Think, Act’ approach to nutritional care in acute paediatrics

Author: Dr Philippa Thomas, Paediatric Registrar, Individual QI Fellowship 2018-19

Improving the Microbiological Diagnosis of Viral Infections in Pregnancy

Author: Dr Fatima El-Bakri, Consultant Medical Microbiologist, HHFT, Individual QI Fellowship, 2017-18

Reducing unwarranted variation to improve care for common acute paediatric conditions across the Children’s Emergency Department and Paediatric Assessment Unit

Author: Dr David James, Senior Fellow in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, UHS, Individual QI Fellowship, 2017-18

‘Keeping Mum’s & Babies Together’ Reducing or Avoiding Term Admissions into the Neonatal unit: ‘Quick Wins’, ‘Colostrum Collection Initiative’ & ‘The First Hour of Care Project

Author: Dr Cindy Shawley, Community Midwifery Manager, HHFT, Individual QI Fellowship, 2017-18

Outside Their Comfort Zone: Managing Young People with Mental Health Problems in Hospital

Summary: The aim of this work was to reduce variability in the management of young people in hospital with mental health problems through improved communication and teamwork between Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine and CAMHS teams.

Author: Dr Katya Certic, Wessex Paediatrics Trainee, Individual QI Fellowship, 2016-17

Augmenting the Safety Netting Process & Reducing Unnecessary Re-presentations

Summary: Parent and carer safety netting is fundamental to empowering them with the skills and knowledge to manage their child’s illness safely and confidently at home preventing unnecessary re-presentations. Scoping work across the Wessex region revealed that despite 95% of health professionals deeming written leaflets important, only 17% of parents who returned via temporary open access had been given them. Introducing a hyper-linked document with all accessible safety netting resources in Southampton Children’s Hospital resulted in a 3-fold reduction in re-presentations and a regional equivalent has therefore been developed for further spread

Author: Dr Seb Gray, Wessex Paediatrics Trainee, Individual QI Fellowship, 2016-17

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Redesigning the management of Malnutrition and Obesity in Paediatric Kidney Disease: Improving communication between children, families and their kidney team

Summary: The aim of this work was to reduce variation in communication for children and their families in advanced (stage 4 to 5) disease attending the regional paediatric nephrology service at UHS, and to develop a quality improvement ethos and programme for the regional paediatric nephrology team at UHS.

Author: Dr Caroline Anderson, Paediatric Renal Dietitian, UHS, Individual QI Fellowship, 2016-17

Reaching the Correct Diagnosis for Children (aged 11 –18 years) referred to CAMHS with challenging behaviours

Summary: The aim of the project was to develop and implement a template for the assessment of young people referred to CAMHS with primarily challenging behaviours.

Author: Dr Chrissy Boardman, Associate Specialist Child Psychiatrist, DHUFT, SAS QI Fellowship, 2016-17

Child Sexual Exploitation

Summary: The aim of the project was to recognise and refer onwards appropriately young people under the age of 18 being, or at risk of being, sexually exploited

Author: Sally Hambly, Associate Specialist, RBCH, SAS QI Fellowship, 2015-16

Young Person Participation – Improving health and care for young people through person centred healthcare

Summary: The aim of this project was to empower young people to take responsibility for their health.

Author: Dr Lucy Everitt, Wessex Paediatrics Trainee, Individual QI Fellowship, 2015-16

Improving the Quality of Care in Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Author: Dr Helen Preece, Wessex Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainee, Individual QI Fellowship 2013-14

Empowering Parents to manage everyday childhood illness at home: The Journey

Summary: The aim of the work was to reduce overstretched paediatric emergency /unscheduled care attendances by developing integrated child and family focussed care pathways for febrile children < 5 years. The plan was to deliver sustainable service transformation in the management of this large group of patients. Through consultation with key stakeholders, including the child and family, the project will build on existing services including Sure Start and COAST to provide education; web based patient information and shared common pathways across primary and secondary care for the management of febrile children < 5 years.

Author: Dr Rosada Justice, Wessex Paediatrics Trainee, Individual QI Fellowship 2013-14