Neuroresponse to be rolled out throughout England 

07/07/2015 00:00 
UCLH nurse consultant Bernadette Porter is one of 17 healthcare pioneers identified to receive national support to roll out their technologies, processes and models of care to patients, hospitals and GP practices throughout England.
 
Bernadette’s innovative model of care is NeuroResponse – a new technology that gives patients with neurological conditions more control over the care they receive.
 
It includes a telephone triage/advice line staffed by specialist nurses, email advice services for GPs wishing to contact a consultant neurologist, and a video clinic linking a specialist’s neurology team with the patient and local clinical team in the patient’s community.
 
Using the expert nurse telephone triage service, patients and staff can discuss physical, mental, and social care needs, agree plans and share information. The expert nurse can triage the patient – patient anxiety is reduced, confidence increases, and treatment interventions are timely.
 
During the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme, Bernadette plans to scale up the expert telephone component of NeuroResponse for patients with multiple sclerosis across a number of regions and then adapt it for other neurological conditions.
 
The announcement was made on Monday by NHS England’s medical director Sir Bruce Keogh. Also present was NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens. The 17 fellowships will see evidenced healthcare innovations become more widely available to patients. 
 
The fellows will receive mentorship from seasoned innovators such as Lord Ara Darzi, a bursary, and support through the Academic Health Science Networks to spread these new ways of working across the country.
 
The innovations will help to prevent diseases, speed up diagnosis, improve safety and efficiency of services and increase patient participation in decision making, self-management and research. This will lead to better health outcomes and a more sustainable NHS. 
 
The aim of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme is to help deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – understanding how to create the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit.
 
The programme is hosted by UCLPartners and the Health Foundation, in partnership with NHS England and in collaboration with Academic Health Science Networks across the country.
 
Full details of each the fellows and their innovations can be found here

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