Improvement, Innovation and Effectiveness at DCHS

Our Improvement, Innovation and Effectiveness team support colleagues to help keep Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS FT an 'Outstanding' place to work and receive care.

Clinical Effectiveness is defined as:

“The application of the best knowledge, derived from research, clinical experience and patient preferences to achieve optimum outcomes of care for patients.” - Department of Health, 1996

When carried out in accordance with best practice, clinical effectiveness, improves the quality of care and patient outcomes. It provides assurance of compliance with clinical standards and identifies and minimises risk, waste and inefficiencies.

I'm interested in finding out more about clinical research at DCHS ...

NHS trusts are actively encouraged by Government to get involved with clinical research.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. NIHR works in partnership with NHS trusts, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, to deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people's lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.

Involving our patients in research

  • Be Part of Research - information for our patients and their families or carers about clinical trials which might be beneficial to them.  This site provides accessible information on studies that are running at the moment but also explains what it’s like to be in a trial.
  • I want to help with research - this page contains information on involvement in research, what it might look like and also contains links to useful resources and places to find involvement opportunities.  

Local research
DCHS is actively involved in research where appropriate and possible. We publish information about our research on the NIHR platform. This information has been published on a quarterly basis since January 2015. The criteria for submission is that the trial was approved within the previous twelve months and fell into one of the following criteria

  1. A clinical trial of an investigational medical product
  2. Clinical investigation or other study of a medical device
  3. Combined trial of an investigational medicinal product or an investigational medical device
  4. Other clinical trial to study a novel intervention or RCT to compare interventions in clinical practice

The information to be supplied is known as ‘Performance in Initiation’ or PII.  In addition performance information is supplied about the ‘Performance in Delivering’ industry trial or PID and the number of participants recruited by DCHS.

I'm interested in learning more .....

Ever wondered what Quality Improvement actually means?  We've introduced a series of lunchtime webinars to help answer this question!

Each session will be approximately 45 minutes long - come and join us at 12:30pm and pick up some top tips! Click on the links below to join an MS Teams event.

More information and a calendar of events for this year.

If you would like to read more in depth on a particular Audit on our Clinical Effectiveness Programme or look at our infographics (one page poster summaries with all of the relevant information that you need to know as a busy frontline clinician), click on the titles below.

For all historic reports or inforaphics please contact the IIE Team.

Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2020 took place from 23 - 27 November and we celebrated clinical audit in DCHS with two virtual workshops, a quiz and a 'meet the team' campaign on Twitter. It was a busy week! But don't worry if you missed it - you can find all the infographics and links to the videos below.

If you would like to know more or have any questions please do get in touch.