In July we brought together some of the key healthcare professionals (the Champions from each of our three partner practices), who have been working with us on the tools, to share their experiences and discuss how they would like to be involved in the year 4 pilots. The Education and IT leads from the Clinical Commissioning Groups and a representative of the Academic Health Science Network were also involved.
Up until this point, each GP Practice had focused mainly on one tool (Bits & Pieces, Confer or Living Documents). This decision had been made in year two in order to help the GP Practice staff to have the chance to really develop a good understanding of one tool and work with us to develop that tool effectively. This meeting gave us all an opportunity to start discussing and planning with the combined toolset field-tests that were due to start later in the year and the year 4 evaluation pilots.
The meeting involved short presentations of each tool, which were done jointly by the LEEDS partner and the key contact (Champion) at each of the GP Practices.
We then separated into two facilitated groups, to discuss potential ways in which the tools could be used. These discussions covered the type of activities that the tools could support (the scenarios), the toolset combinations that would support these and the potential groups who would be able to take part in integrated toolset field-tests in the autumn and pilot studies in 2016.
This meeting was extremely useful in helping us move forward with the plans for the tools integration, the integrated toolset field-tests for autumn 2015 and the year 4 pilots.
- The group came up with a good set of ideas for scenarios in which the tools could be used.
- We identified a group at GP Practice B who would try out the integrated toolset in Autumn 2015. This activity has now started.
- We identified one group (AHSN) who were keen to start field-test with Confer in autumn, 2015. This activity has now started.
- We identified three cross-organisational groups (all of whom had representatives at the workshop) who are interested in joining the pilots in year 4. Discussions with these groups are ongoing.