Care pathway implementation is not as straight forward as it seems. Two recent papers focusing on care pathways implementation process have been published. The first is a study on care pathway and hospital context; the second a protocol paper for process evaluation of care pathway implementation.
Celebrating E-P-A’s 10th anniversary and shaping the future of Care Pathways
From September 16 to 19, the 7th E-P-A master class was organized. For this edition, we returned to the venue of our first master class / summerschools, the beautiful Lago d’Orta in Italy. The content of this edition, however, was quite different.
With 25 delegates from 11 countries, there was mix of backgrounds and experiences. This was used to look back at care pathway development and implementation. Based on the experience of participants an master class facilitators, the next order of business was to look at the future. From the perspective of clinicians, managers, researchers and companies & and supportive organizations, the priorities and goals for care pathway development, implementation and research were explored over the next two days. This led to valuable discussions, showing that ‘outcomes’, improving ‘intervention fidelity’ and further refining ‘care pathway content’ are among the important goals for the future.
We are very happy with all the input, and will prepare a charter or position paper over the next weeks.
The participants shared some interesting ‘take home messages’ for their CEO’s and colleagues. Here is just a taste of it:
“Are we as institution ready to develop and implement care pathways?”
“I will do an Important-Performance-Analysis on my ward!”
“I will ask the CEO for his continued commitment to sustain care pathways.”
From September 21 – 23, E-P-A organised the International Master Class on Care Pathways and the Organisation of Care Pathways. And it was a truly international event, with 25 participants from 10 different countries!
Our colleagues from the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital are requesting E-P-A members’ help and experience:
As part of a National Health Service initiative being run here at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom, we are embarking upon an exciting project to update and integrate our existing care pathways into the hospital’s IT system.
Whilst the availability of published literature on best practice in pathway development continues to grow we are also keen to hear about the experiences of fellow members.
We would be grateful and willing to hear from any colleagues who have published or developed locally implemented recommendations that they are happy to share. Our team are especially keen to hear about new ideas for:
- Investigating new methodologies for designing clinical pathways
- Using care pathways to promote patient centred care within the hospital
- Enhancing the role of information technology in the use of clinical pathways
We will look forward to hearing from any members who may be able to help and will look forward to sharing our experiences in the future.
Dr Matthew Neame, Clinical Fellow Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Clinical Pathway Project, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Journal of the Norwegian Nursing Association has translated and published online a study on the organization of 22 care pathways in the Western Norway Regional Health Authority. Read more
International Master Class on Care Pathways and Organisation of Care Processes
Our international Master Class is fully booked! Over 25 delegates from 14 countries have registered. New applications are placed on a waiting list. The Master Class teachers are preparing the courses and materials. Update from the Master Class will follow on our website
The Canadian section of E-P-A has launched the Newsletter E-P-A Canada In this issue you will find news on care pathways for depression, dementia and youth with mental illness. Enjoy reading!
Further to the announcement of a new chair and co-chair for the English National Section we are delighted to announce that Gill Pope, Lecturer at the University of Central lancshire (UCLAN) will be taking on the role of second co-chair. This will strengthen the research and innovation aspect of the section.
After 9 years of supporting E-P-A in the role of office and membership manager, Alexandra Pardon has chosen a new career pathway. We thank Alexandra for her work over the last years in promoting and supporting the association, and the activities such as master classes and conferences. From March 1st, 2017 the role of Office manager will be taken over by Ellen Coeckelberghs, PhD. Ellen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy with a special interest in care pathway research. We’re very happy to have Ellen on board!
One of the first items on Ellens’ to do list, is the organisation of the International master class on Care Pathways in September this year. For more information and registration, see Concerences and Courses
The E-P-A Bureau
As of this year, the E-P-A section for England will be chaired by John Salter, and co-chaired by Karen Green. John and Karen introduce themselves and the plans for the future. Read more
The 3-day international master class on care pathways and organisation of care processes will be organised from September 21-23, 201 in Venice, Italy. The master class will focus on care pathways in relation to other current topics such as Pathways for Health and Value Based Healthcare. This should be more than only jargon or some words in your mission statement. But how can you bring this value in your daily organisation of care? That is the challenge for this master class.