The Paramedic Clinical Research Unit, launched on 31 October 2018 at the University of Hertfordshire and is headed by Professor Julia Williams.
ParaCRU aims to build research capacity and capability among Paramedics to empower the profession to influence changes in service delivery, patient care and management as well as patients’ clinical outcomes in the years ahead.
Collaborative and multidisciplinary research is essential to move healthcare research forward and we need to capitalise on the growing opportunities to develop robust, inter-professional research to ensure that clinical practice is evidence based.
Please contact Professor Julia Williams to enquire about ParaCRU.
All work is a collaboration with Dr Matthew Snowsill and the PHEM Feedback Team. For further information, contact Grace Reed
The PHEM Feedback project provides a service for prehospital clinicians to request a patient-specific feedback report written by in-hospital doctors at one district general hospital (DGH). Clinicians are able to make requests for feedback if the care episode includes any of the following descriptors: critically unwell, diagnostic uncertainty and/or emotionally significant. The comprehensive reports are discussed in a debrief between the clinician and a senior ambulance clinician in order to guide learning and reflection.
Debriefer’s course to be designed for University of Hertfordshire (UH), in light of East of England Ambulance Service supporting PHEM Feedback as the sole feedback model for the service. The service is expanding to multiple hospitals and multiple sites in the EEAST. A Debriefers course due to run Summer 2019 will train Debriefers in how best to deliver reports and manage psychological impact.
A pilot system ran from 23.4.2018 to 22.10.2018 to evaluate the service from the Clinician’s perspective. This was supported by the Health Research Authority (HRA) and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, allowing information within the reports to be provided without patient consent. Primary purpose: to establish feasibility of creating a hospital to prehospital, debrief-led, case-based feedback system based upon confidential clinical patient information without patient consent which is acceptable to patients and observes relevant Information Governance legislation.
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The results from the service evaluation have been submitted as an abstract for the College of Paramedics conference May 2019.
PHEM Feedback National Conference 2019
PHEM Feedback Showcase 13th February 2019 at UH
Demonstrated the importance of feedback for prehospital staff in terms of staff wellbeing, education, reflection and ultimately patient safety. 150 guests attended the event to learn from experts about metacognition, moral injury and purpose of practice.