This is the first newsletter we have produced in order to inform and update colleagues about the National Institute for Health Research, Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, Yorkshire and Humber (NIHR CLAHRC YH) Avoiding Attendance and Admission theme.
We have had a very busy first year developing the 5 year programme of work. Most of this has involved establishing the team, developing collaborations around Yorkshire and Humber with healthcare organisations and applying for Ethical, CAG and R&D approvals in order to begin obtaining data. We have had excellent support from across the region with many services keen to participate through interviews, focus groups and in providing data for us. We have also had great feedback about the importance and timeliness of such a study in tackling one of the major challenges facing healthcare today – that of delivering a safe and efficient service that is sustainable given the changing nature of healthcare and patient needs. I hope you find the newsletter informative and that you will share it with other services, professionals and patients. I also hope you will be able to attend some of the events we will be hosting in the forthcoming year. This is an exciting programme of work for us all to be involved in and is an opportunity for us to develop services in the region and also to provide a national model for emergency and urgent care. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the team if you would like further information about any of the project work we are undertaking. Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, relaxing and safe Christmas and I look forward to continuing working with everyone in 2015.
Professor of Emergency Medicine,
NIHR CLAHRC YH AAA Theme Lead