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Achievements of the Nurse First Cohorts

As part of the programme,participants are challenged to design, raise funding for, and deliver a real-world project to improve health outcomes in their local area. This is an ambitious goal to put development coaching into practice.

We produced a two year report  alongside our partners Johnson & Johnson, The QNI and Bucks New University, to evaluate the pilots as we moved into our third year of the programme and you can view it here.(12Mb pdf). Alongside information on the programme it contains valuable insights into innovation within the public and private sector from our survey which we conducted earlier in the year. 

The first cohort of Nurse First participants brought in an average of £16,000 each of funding for their projects. The Business Plans demonstrated cash-releasing savings of an average of £1.2 million each.

Here are examples of some of the projects of the first cohort of Nurse First

  • Health Transition Pathway
    The Health Transition Pathway supports and assists youngsters as they transition from children’s services into adulthood through empowering young adolescents to take control of their own health condition. The pathway is designed to reduce the demand for high level crisis interventions, reduced DNAs, reduce hospital admissions and make the best use of resources.
    Money raised for pilot: £11,000

  • Spot On system in Learning Disabilities
    Spot On is an alternative method of blood sampling for people with learning disabilities who are reluctant to have venepuncture but are at risk of Diabetes, Thyroid Dysfunction and Vitamin deficiency. This ensures that people with learning disabilities are offered the same access to services as those without a disability by detecting and diagnosing unmet health needs earlier in the disease process.
    Money raised for pilot: £6,000
    Cash-releasing cost savings: £72,000

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