Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals Funding Call Final 2023

The final of the CW+ Special Funding Call 2023 took place yesterday, and the winner was announced as James Bird with his proposal ‘Using mobile technology for nursing on wards’ – a pilot that involves nurses having a mobile device to carry out direct care on selected wards, removing the need for a large computer on wheels, which can act as a barrier between themselves and the patient.

Rosalind Owen and Denise Watson were announced as the runners up, with ‘A fun and engaging video to aid children’s rehabilitation following clubfoot surgery’, a proposal to create exercises that young patients can do at home, with the aim of reducing appointment numbers and speeding up return to full participation in activity.

CW+ will also work with the remaining finalists to explore how to support their projects:

  • Leeh Faustino and Dexter Wiseman – ‘Improving time from referral to diagnosis and treatment for patient with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)’ – which involves using a simple device to monitor a patient’s sleep as a straight-to-test solution. This would reduce the times from referral to treatment, as the physiologist or physician would already have some diagnostic sleep data when seeing the patient in clinic for the first time.
  • Morna Johnston – ‘Automating National Heart Failure Audit Data’ – which proposes using Cerner (an electronic patient record already being used at the Trust) to capture data and give an overview of the quality of care. This would be submitted to the national audit to monitor and drive improvements in the quality of care for heart failure patients, reducing clinical time.
  • Michelle Magallanes and Ruth Featherstone – ‘MyKitCheck compliance tool or similar tool developed in-house’ – which is a digital platform, designed by clinicians, to replace all current paper-based checking processes in theatres at the Trust where compliance checks are carried out to improve efficiency.

Once again, the finalists presented their project ideas to a judging panel of leading experts comprising:

  • Chris Chaney – Chief Executive, CW+
  • Jane Clegg – Regional Chief Nurse, London, NHS England
  • Megan Sealey-Bright – Research and Communications Officer, Rosetrees Trust
  • Robert Bleasdale – Chief Nurse, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jeremy Nugent – Head of Therapies, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation

Now in its seventh year, this Special Call forms part of the larger CW+ Grants programme, and offers nurses, midwives and allied health professionals at the Trust grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects for new service development, as well as to improve patient care and experience.