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Wessex Centre for Implementation Science

Wessex CIS... one year on.

Published: 1 June 2018
Dr David Kryl
Dr David Kryl

It seems like barely five minutes since we were building the CIS team and arranging ourselves into our small suite of offices in Building 67 on Highfield Campus. In reality, we have been a full team for twelve months now, juggling the demands of our work, representing the organisation at conferences, writing papers, supervising graduate students and (for one member of the team) successfully defending their PhD. It has been a busy year…

Our work has involved projects across Wessex covering digital interventions, New Models of Care, cancer patient pathways and improved care and identification for conditions such as Atrial Fibrillation and alcohol-related liver disease. We have worked with CLAHRC Wessex on a project modelling the flow of patients through the Emergency Department from admission to discharge. The project predicts waiting times for resources and captures the patterns of patient arrivals by day and week, allowing the opportunity to explore the potential positive impact of different ways of working.

 Bournemouth University National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice (NSPQSW) were our partners for a substantial evaluation of the Dorset Vanguard programme, comprising three separate, independent reports; One Dorset Pathology, Systems Leadership, and Stroke Services. Each report considers the drivers and barriers to implementing new models of care, research that we hope will help to inform the ongoing process of health transformation across Dorset. We look forward to sharing the final report soon.

Opportunities to represent the work of Wessex AHSN have taken the team to Spain, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Milan, but we are ever mindful that our work is firmly embedded in the Wessex region, something we validate with every opportunity for collaboration with our local partners. The next year promises to be exciting as the team will continue to focus on implementation science questions, broader than one-dimensional clinical trials, which will help to accelerate the uptake and adoption of novel health system processes and interventions across Wessex.  

Building works to our permanent home on Highfield Campus mean that by the time you read this we will probably be unpacking our boxes at our new home, a temporary office space situated in a fancy large house on the edge of Boldrewood Campus. We’ll be there for the next six months or so, sharing the space with the UoS Macmillan team. Please feel free to contact us for a visit!




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