“Improving patient pathways through point of care diagnostics: the what, why, how and of adoption in practice”
The Point of Care Centre (POCC) at the University of Sunderland opened by the chief scientific officer, Sue Hill in July 2014, is described as “unique and innovative”. It has since grown and new facilities incorporated within an experiential based “Living Lab” opened in the summer 2016 as part of a multi-million pound phased investment at the University.
The POCC seeks to establish itself through working in partnership with clinicians, patients and industry both locally and nationally as an interagency and inter-professional centre of excellence, Excellence delivered not only via education, training and workforce development but also through innovation, service development and evaluation of diagnostics and associated interventions. George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences spoke of adopting innovation to give us more health for every pound we spend – ‘diagnosing earlier, treating smarter’.
This session looks to present examples of patient pathways the POCC is currently involved with. It will explore barriers and enablers to adoption of point of care in pathways and provide an opportunity to explore ideas of new pathways in which point of care diagnostics could impact on patient care.
Mrs Karen Giles MSc, BA (Hons), RN, RNT
Karen is a Principal Lecturer in healthcare science and the University lead for the Point of Care Centre. She is passionate about the development of high quality education and training and innovation in practice that supports clinical staff in improving the patient experience. She has over 25 years experience in the NHS , with a background in older people’s nursing, nurse education and senior management.
Miss Michelle Payne MSc MIBMS
Michelle is a senior lecturer in health care science with a lead role in life science point of care diagnostics. She is also a practicing Biomedical Scientist with a background in microbiology and infection, prevention and control. She sits on the regional point of care action learning set and has a keen interest in patient, carer and public involvement.