25 Oct 2021
New case study published on impact of DECIDE® Education Programme in Greater Manchester
A Greater Manchester clinical education programme has been highlighted as a example of high impact innovation in a new case study.
The DECIDE® Education Programme is a Continuing Professional Development model for qualified health workers. It provides healthcare clinicians with flexible, relevant education which directly translates into practice, while ensuring the health system has an effective workforce education tool.
Created by Professor Mini Singh, Professor of Medical Education and Consultant Dermatologist from The University of Manchester, The DECIDE® Education Programme has proven impact in the real world.
With support from Health Innovation Manchester, it was piloted in Greater Manchester (GM) in 2019-2020 to tackle inconsistency in regional primary care dermatology practice across four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) serving a population of 669,523 individuals
Application of DECIDE’s value-based education IMPACT model has led to system savings of £212,212 in 12 months. Delivery of precision education through a system-wide collaboration also resulted in reductions in inappropriate referrals and prescribing, widespread practice change and improvement in quality of referrals.
Educating community health professionals to improve competence in their decision-making was also found to enhance patient experience. It led to a speedier diagnosis, gave peace of mind during consultation and offered the patient appropriate advice about what to look out for in the future (health promotion and selfcare).
Professor Mini Singh, Director DECIDE® Education Programme, said: “The support of HInM enabled the success of the programme to be realised. Evidence of direct impact of workforce education interventions on healthcare is virtually non-existent. The expertise in the AHSN facilitated capture of vital outcome data to address this gap.”
DECIDE® was shortlisted for Primary Care or Community Service Redesign Initiative at the 2020 HSJ Value Awards.
A full case study on the DECIDE® Education Programme has now been published on the AHSN Network’s Atlas. The AHSN Atlas is an online resource that shares some of the very best examples from across the Academic Health Science Networks of how to spread high impact innovation across the health and care system.