The Learning Clinic – Advisory Board
The Learning Clinic is delighted to announce the launch of our Advisory Board. The Board is chaired by Stephen Murphy, TLC Chairman, and will meet on a quarterly basis. It includes a select group of senior clinicians, executives and policy makers from a broad range of public and private organisations involved in healthcare. Further details about the members of the Advisory Board can be found here.
Scarborough Hospital awarded patient safety prize for use of VitalPAC
Scarborough Hospital has been awarded runner-up prize for its innovative approach to patient safety. The Scarborough Hospital Deteriorating Patient Group received the prize for their introduction of VitalPAC.
Using VitalPAC, the hospital has significantly increased the number and frequency of observations taken on their patients. The percentage of late patient observations throughout the hospital decreased from above 40% to less than 20%, while the number of in-hospital cardiac arrest calls has been reduced by 20%.
Click here to see the press release (PDF document).
The Learning Clinic opens office in Exeter
The Learning Clinic has opened a new office in Exeter as part of the company's ongoing expansion. Roger Killen, CEO of TLC said: "The South West is one of the best places to do business. It plays host to highly-trained software engineers, clinicians and field staff, and we are planning on recruiting the best of this talent into the company. Exeter is a natural choice for us. We look forward to introducing The Learning Clinic’s innovative and hugely effective products into healthcare in the South West to improve care for members of the community."
Click here to see the press release (PDF document).
2013 Rapid Response Systems conference
We are pleased to announce that VitalPAC is the Principal Partner for the 2013 Rapid Response Systems conference, to be held at the Royal College of Physicians on 13th-14th May 2013.
This is the first time the international conference, now in its 8th year, will be held in the UK. Booking is now available on the and early booking discounts are available until 25 January 2013.
Forthcoming VitalPAC seminars announced
Coinciding with the recent report from the Royal College of Physicians proposing the introduction of a National Early Warning Score (NEWS) and a standardised means of recording patient observations, we are holding “Best Practice” seminars to demonstrate how technology can help clinicians capture clinical data on handheld devices, identify patient deterioration and ensure faster escalation of care when needed.
If you are interested in attending any of the above seminars or would like further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
TLC responds to the Royal College of Physicians report
There has been extensive media and TV coverage following the publication of the Royal College of Physicians report, ‘National Early Warning Score (NEWS): Standardising the assessment of acute illness severity in the NHS’. The report highlights that 6,000 patients are estimated to die each year because of failures to identify patient deterioration, and escalate care accordingly.
As you may be aware, the proposed NEWS is based on the VitalPAC Early Warning Score (ViEWS), originally published in the journal “Resuscitation” in August 2010 and the most accurate published Early Warning Score algorithm. ViEWS was developed and validated using the huge dataset of vital signs captured using VitalPAC, a system developed by The Learning Clinic with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
Click here to read the response from The Learning Clinic, as well as how VitalPAC can be used within your hospital to benefit staff and improve patient outcomes.
Click here to view the RCP report.
TLC’s new chair Stephen Murphy speaks with the HSJ about the changes he would like to see within the NHS
Stephen Murphy, Ex Virgin Chief Executive, who has recently been appointed as Chairman of The Learning Clinic, spoke with Health Service Journal about Virgin’s experience of entering the NHS market. He gives his reflections on leadership, having led Virgin from 2005-2011 and talks about the NHS going forwards. He emphasises the need to focus on the entire patient experience and stresses the importance of good quality data to inform decisions. VitalPAC assists by producing realtime patient information to improve care and health outcomes.
Click here to read the full article from HSJ.
Roger Killen to give talk on entrepreneurial potential within the health sector
Roger Killen, Chief Executive Officer of The Learning Clinic, will be giving a talk in Portsmouth next month on his entrepeneurial journey. This will cover his time at ICI as a control engineer, his MBA at Stanford University, his co-founding of Dr Foster and the founding of the Learning Clinic.
Click here for more details and to register for the event.
Ex-Virgin boss appointed as TLC Chairman
Stephen Murphy, previously CEO of the Virgin Group, has been appointed as Chairman of The Learning Clinic.
Stephen spent 17 years at Virgin including the last six as Group CEO having succeeded Virgin's Founder, Sir Richard Branson. Stephen’s appointment precipitates a focus on growing TLC and its range of innovative products. As Virgin Group CEO, Stephen was responsible for instigating Virgin’s entrance into the health sector, making it one of the first consumer brands to recognise and invest in health care in the UK. Explaining his reasons for joining TLC, Stephen commented that it was "… quite simply, because I believe VitalPAC is one of the best technology products I’ve ever come across."
Roger Killen, TLC Managing Director, stated "Stephen has a history of spotting small to medium-size enterprises with potential. The fact that he has joined The Learning Clinic with the express intent of steering us to the next level is a great compliment."
Click here to view the press release.
40% of cardiac arrests are preventable
The Learning Clinic welcomes the publication of “Time to Intervene?”, the latest report published by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD). The report highlights major deficiencies in the predictability and prevention of in-hospital cardiac arrests. In particular, it finds that most in-hospital cardiac arrests are predictable and nearly 40 per cent are avoidable. Two-thirds of patients who suffer an arrest had documented signs of deterioration prior to the arrest which lasted long enough for potentially life-saving measures to have been instituted.
The aspect of care that was rated most poorly by the NCEPOD assessors was patient monitoring. Kate Beaumont, Nurse Director of The Learning Clinic and speaker at the NCEPOD launch event, commented "As Head of Patient Safety at the NPSA until 2011, I find it saddening that the NCEPOD report describes failings in care that the NPSA first highlighted in 2006".
The report provides further justification for trusts to install VitalPAC. The system delivers a host of clinical and financial benefits to hospitals, not least reducing cardiac arrest calls by 25% at one VitalPAC site.
Click here to view the press release.
VitalPAC User Group meeting announced
This year's VitalPAC User Group meeting focuses on the improvements in processes and outcomes of care that hospitals using the system have achieved over the last few years.
A wide variety of clinical experts will describe how they have achieved very high levels of compliance with screening and VTE risk assessment, significantly shortened length of stay, dramatically reduced cardiac arrest calls, almost eliminated norovirus outbreaks and reduced mortality.
The meeting is being held in central London on Thursday 24 May and is open to staff working at VitalPAC hospitals and selected others on application.
VitalPAC strengthens VTE assessment
VitalPAC is helping to significantly strengthen VTE screening at a number of client trusts.
Assessment rates at Croydon, Scarborough, Wolverhampton, Dorset and Portsmouth are above 90 percent. This is helping trusts secure CQUIN funding and enables them to demonstrate through electronic reporting that they are achieving Department of Health targets.
VitalPAC shortlisted in Department of Health competition
VitalPAC has been shortlisted in the Department of Health's contest to find the nation's most popular healthcare app.
The Learning Clinic's medical director Dr Peter Greengross and managing director Roger Killen both attended the Maps and Apps showcase event in London, which was attended by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
The competition received more than 500 entries.
Extensive media coverage of VitalPAC launch at East Kent
The imminent launch of VitalPAC at East Kent has been gaining a great deal of positive media coverage. As well as articles the local press, Nursing Times and E-Health Insider, the launch of the system has been featured on BBC Radio Kent and in a television report on BBC South East. Rollout is due to start at the trust early next month.
Click here to see the Nursing Times report - free registration required.
Click here to see the E-Health Insider report.
TLC Managing Director speaks at HaCIRIC seminar
Managing director of The Learning Clinic Roger Killen was one of the speakers at a special seminar organised by the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC).
The event centred on reducing healthcare associated infection. Roger spoke about the impact VitalPAC can have on norovirus outbreaks - Portsmouth Hospitals have almost eradicated norovirus outbreaks by using VitalPAC to identify infected patients before they pass on the infection.
Click here to see the report.
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