New projects to support people with complex needs

January 8, 2021

In 2021 the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) will be able to support ten nurse-led innovation projects that aim to improve care for people with complex needs.

The projects have been made possible due to secured funding from The Burdett Trust for Nursing.

The ten chosen projects focus on improving health for people with complex needs in primary care/community settings. According to the QNI, applicants were asked to demonstrate that their project could lead to reduced hospital admissions for people living with complex needs, where those needs could instead be successfully managed in the community.

Each project leader will benefit from a bespoke year-long programme of professional support and funding from the QNI. Due to limitations imposed by the pandemic, the programme workshops will be held online, with the first workshops taking place in the second week of January 2021.

The successful projects to support people with complex needs are:

  • BEAT Diabetes at HMS Prison Oakwood, Wolverhampton.
  • Digital diabetes lifestyle modification, Community project, Walthamstow, East London.
  • Promoting oral health in care homes, Leicester.
  • Flex, Connect and Share, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
  • Recognition of good respiratory health, Wakefield Community Learning Disability Team, West Yorkshire.
  • ‘Well-come Home’, a care home project within Bradford Community Services, West Yorkshire.
  • Reducing inconsistencies in respiratory care, Primary Care Respiratory Team, Pontypool, South Wales.
  • A single point of contact, District Nursing team, Harlech, Gwynedd, North Wales.
  • Hospital admission avoidance, Care home project within Kent Community Frailty Team.
  • Digitalising Clinical Care, Wren Hall Nursing Home, Nottingham.

Sue Boran, the QNI’s Director of Nursing Programmes, who oversees delivery of the QNI’s Fund for Innovation programme said, ‘I am delighted that we will be able to work with ten nursing teams in such diverse community specialisms across England and Wales next year. These nurses are facing growing challenges in the delivery of care for people with ever-more complex needs in community and primary care settings, and through shared learning and encouraging innovative approaches we will be able to achieve significant outcomes for healthcare in the future.’

Shirley Baines, Chief Executive of the Burdett Trust said, ‘The Burdett Trust for Nursing is delighted to be able to support ten new QNI projects in complex care in the community. The QNI has great experience in supporting nurses to achieve measurable outcomes in these projects, leading to long term benefits for community healthcare.’

For more information about the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QUI) and to find out more about their work, visit the QUI website.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI)  published a report on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on care homes and care homes with nursing in the UK.


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