With huge thanks to a capital funding award from Public Health England (HEE), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Nottingham Hospitals Charity, we have created a brand new space in DREEAM called the Health Improvement Collaborative (HIC) Hub.
The HIC Hub aims to create an environment close to the Emergency Department where Health Improvement partners can work together to plan and deliver early intervention activities to patients within frontline services.
The HIC is not just about delivery but is also the home of research and evaluation into health promotion and disease and injury prevention. DREEAM have completed an evaluation of the Redthread programme funded by The Health Foundation. The Executive summary is here. We are also running a randomised controlled trial of the use of Fibroscan called IBAFIRST to help spot early signs of liver disease from alcohol use and increase the uptake of alcohol treatment services amongst patients presenting to ED
Redthread were the first non-NHS team to formally move into the HIC Hub to help them integrate with ED more effectively. You can listen to a podcast for more detail about how the Emergency Department began working with the charity and how this kind of working could and should become more common across the NHS here
You can find out more about all our partners here: