WSD Programme update and Cornwall Trial update

Nick Goodwin

On 10 September 2009, WSDAN hosted its fourth Roadshow at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. The event included a status update from the WSD programme and an update from the Cornwall WSD pilot. We prepared for this event for a long time, read a lot of pre written paper, and also analyzed the works of our predecessors, and we are sure that we will be able to interest everyone and be useful!

 WSD programme – status update

Frank Harburn provided an update on the status of the WSD programme, focusing on progress with regard to recruitment to the trial. Frank reported that more than 27,000 letters had been sent out and more than 9,000 home visits undertaken; as a result, 5,500 participants were now on the trial, and 239 GPs had signed up. A joint presentation with Roberta Carter provided an overview of the importance of programme and project management (PPM), and how this has been adopted across the WSD pilots to ensure progress, quality and outcomes. These PPM arrangements apply equally well to local implementation.

These presentations can be downloaded from our past events pages.

Update from Cornwall WSD pilot

Andrew Forrest – Programme Director for the Cornwall and Isle of Scilly WSD pilot – presented an update on progress so far and reflected on a range of issues that have been encountered along the way. Andrew reported that 2,200 individuals were taking part in the trial in Cornwall; this achievement had required a complex administrative process, with strong project management, rigorous planning and the involvement of many organisations. Andrew provided an example of the equipment being used for patients with COPD and reflected on the feedback that had been received from the managers, clinicians and patients who are using the new technologies. Some clinicians reported less frequent travel, as some contacts can now be handled by phone rather than in person. Adults of all ages – from 26 to 98 – are successfully using the equipment. In some cases, patients are interpreting their biometrics and making positive lifestyle changes as a result.

Andrew’s presentation can be downloaded from our past events pages.