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Humber Teaching NHS plans redesign of mental health crisis referral pathways

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is participating in NHSE’s 26-week Clinically-Led workforce and Activity Redesign (CLEAR) project, which will see the “revamp” of mental health crisis referral pathways, building on existing CLEAR work on developing new models of care and aiming to reduce waiting times for CAMHS in Hull and East Riding.

Set to be completed by July of 2024, the work will adopt the four-step CLEAR methodology: clinical engagement, data analysis, innovation, and recommendations. Led by two members of trust staff, along with colleagues from NHSE’s North East and Yorkshire region, as well as the national CLEAR team; the project will focus on improving processes, consistency, enhancing performance, and monitoring against waiting time standards.

For patients, the project looks to examine the patient journey for those in mental health crisis and to explore how the service can provide more personalised care. For clinicians and staff, it focuses on developing new ways of working, workforce redesign, and improved staff experience.

The project is part of the national CLEAR programme, which looks at training clinicians in data analysis, transformation and leadership “while delivering redesign projects in the NHS”. Work began with CLEAR at Humber Teaching last year, when a focus on CAMHS in the Hull and East Riding region aimed to tackle waiting times and reduce length of stay by developing new ways of working and new models of care.

To learn more about the CLEAR project at Humber Teaching, please click here.

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On workforce, the South Yorkshire Digital Health Hub has announced a three-year partnership with Google aiming to bring investment in the region’s health tech research and training, with a focus on tackling inequalities and driving economic growth.