The SCALES project is run from DREEAM with the aim of developing, implementing and evaluating a health improvement model in the Emergency Department (ED).
Prevention is a national priority and has been identified in the NHS long-term plan. Patients presenting to ED do not currently receive universal routine assessment and advice about the contribution of lifestyle factors to their current and future risk of preventable disease. This represents a missed opportunity given the demographics, deprivation levels and high morbidity of this cohort of patients.
The health improvement model will incorporate the key SBRIT principles: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.
Staff Training Process
We have reviewed the relevant literature associated with prevention in Urgent and Emergency Care. We have used this in conjunction with an audit of our ED records, a staff survey and interviews to understand current practice and develop teaching materials.
We have created a Reusable Learning Object (RLO), which will be utilised to educate staff working in ED. You can complete this training here.
We are also developing ED staff education programme and are in the process of creating a second RLO which will be available soon.