Performance in the Oxford AHSN region against early intervention (EI) access and waiting time standards has consistently met targets, and teams are performing well compared to other parts of the country – consistently above 75%.
The Berkshire EI team has conducted a three-month pilot project in collaboration with a London-based fitness company, LiveFit, to help improve the physical health of those taking part in the trial.
Each participant engaged in initial 1:1 sessions with their personal trainer, before gradually progressing towards group sessions led by a trainer with other participants.
Not only did those taking part in the pilot increase their physical activity, but they also received specialist dietary advice and habit coaching from the Livefit team. This was delivered via the Livefit social media app that also aimed to stimulate conversation and communication between participants. Participants were encouraged to share images of prepared meals and to provide commitment scores based on their dedication to their individual health and wellbeing plans.
By the end of the pilot programme 80% of participants recorded an improvement in baseline data in resting heart rate and blood pressure, while 60% recorded a reduction in Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference.
‘Patient Knows Best‘ has been rolled out by psychology colleagues in Oxfordshire since November 2016. This pilot will shortly be evaluated to assess efficacy (reduction in missed appointments, travel time and paper forms etc.) with a number of case studies being created following the year-long trial.
The EIP Matrix is an online auditing tool co-developed with EIP clinicians and people accessing services. Using percentage thresholds set by the Royal College of Psychiatry’s College of Clinical Quality Improvement (CCQI) EIP self-assessment process, the EIP Matrix provides real-time graphs on:
- EIP service provision including caseloads and budgets
- NICE concordance
First developed in 2015, the online tool has undergone further development to improve comparative capabilities to show the difference in indicators captured at baseline in 2015, and the subsequent findings in 2016 and August 2017.