KSS AHSN Newsletter – 16 February 2015

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In this weeks’s edition…

Life-saving project wins £500,000 investment

Emergency laparotomy is a difficult and high-risk surgical procedure. It involves making an incision to provide access to the abdominal cavity. It’s usually performed on patients with acute abdominal problems such as obstruction or perforation of the bowel or other abdominal organs. Around 80,000 such operations are carried out in the UK each year. The risk of the patient dying within 30 days of the operation is about 15%. For the elderly and patients with complex co-existing medical problems mortality rates can be even higher.

It’s great news then that a project, originating at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to improve survival after emergency surgery (emergency laparotomy) has won funding worth £500,000 from the Health Foundation. We were delighted to back the bid to the Health Foundation given its focus on bringing investment into the sharing of best practice amongst local health economy members. The award will be used to accelerate the introduction of a potentially life-saving clinical pathway to reduce deaths in hospital. It will spread best clinical practice to more than 20 hospital trusts in the south of England.

Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) at Guildford worked with three other hospitals in Bath, Torbay and Exeter to create the Emergency Laparotomy Pathway Quality Improvement Care Bundle.

The original project at RSCH has seen a positive impact on patient safety with a 25% reduction in the crude mortality rate. The Royal Surrey County Hospital statistics show this is good clinical practice worth spreading faster. The project will now attempt to deliver this level of improvement in all participating hospitals. It will support hospitals to review their own key data metrics and use quality improvement science to continue to both provide and improve their standard of care after project completion. It expects to save lives by standardising the care received by all patients undergoing emergency laparotomy.


I’m delighted that we have helped attract money into AHSN member organisations across Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the South of England. We are working with the AHSNs covering the West of England and Wessex to support the Royal Surrey County Hospital to accelerate roll out of this project across the south of England. This sort of collaboration enables innovative best practice to reach more patients more quickly. It also strengthens business cases and enhances our ability to bring investment into the region’s health economy.

Kind regards
Guy Boersma
Managing Director, KSS AHSN

KSS AHSN Job Vacancies:


KSS Patient Safety Collaborative Clinical Leads Vacancies

[Kent Surrey Sussex Patient Safety Collaborative]

The Kent Surrey Sussex Patient Safety Collaborative (KSS PSC) is co-designing the package of support for health and care organisations. Fundamental to this will be clinical leadership and we are seeking expressions of interest in these roles. The leads are required for:

  • Sepsis
  • Safe transfer and discharge
  • Medication errors.

For further information, job description and person specification, please click here.

Alternatively please contact Co-Directors:
Tony Kellytony.kelly@bsuh.nhs.uk / 07767444526
Kay Mackaykay.mackay1@nhs.net / 07747847782


KSS AHSN Clinical Lead: #Neck of Femur – Vacancy (One Day per Month)

[KSS AHSN Enhancing Quality Pathway]

The KSS AHSN Enhancing Quality Pathway is seeking an experienced Clinician (likely to be, for example, a Consultant Geriatrician, Consultant Orthogeriatrician or Anaesthetist) with extensive knowledge and a keen interest in #NOF to work with us for approximately one day per month to support the AHSN through proactive engagement with academia, industry and all sectors of the NHS.

Please click here, to view the full job description and for further details.

For an informal discussion please contact: Peter Carpenter, Director of Improvement on 01293 600300 ext. 3528 or
07500 608 386.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement (not more than two A4 sides) to:
Julie Hall: julie@templetreeconsulting.co.uk. She can be contacted on 07702 049555. Closing date: Wednesday 25 February 2015


Hold the date! Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) – Study Day, 9 June 2015

[KSS AHSN Respiratory Programme / The British Lung Foundation]

The British Lung Foundation and the KSS AHSN Respiratory Programme are jointly hosting the long-awaited full study day on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), covering pathophysiology and treatment, supportive therapies and end of life care, as well as the patient’s perspective. Full agenda to follow when all speakers are confirmed.

This is an all-day event, will be held in the Gatwick area, further details will be confirmed shortly.


RHUL workshop on “Effective leadership in ICT innovation for healthcare” – Egham Campus

[Royal Holloway University of London]

The workshop will be hosted by Technology and Information Management Group and with the support of the Technology and Governance Network (TGN), School of Management Royal Holloway University.

Date: Wednesday 18th of March 2015
Time: 13:00 – 17:30 (followed by drinks reception)
Venue: Room McCrea219, Royal Holloway University, Egham Hill, Egham, TW20 0EX

To register please email Roberta Bernardi: roberta.bernardi@royalholloway.ac.uk for further workshop information, please click here.


PHE and NHS England guide highlights importance of communities to health and wellbeing

[Public Health England / NHS England]

A new guide from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England says local government and the NHS can play a part in building confident communities to improve health and reduce inequalities.

Read more


Polypharmacy and medication review – seven steps

[Public Health England / NHS England]

A new guide from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England says local government and the NHS can play a part in building confident communities to improve health and reduce inequalities.

To view the guide, please click here.

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