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National dementia tsar to address trust’s first national RAID conference

Our trust’s inaugural national conference to showcase its award-winning Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge (RAID) service, will be addressed the Government’s dementia tsar next month.

Professor Alistair Burns, the national clinical director for dementia, is one of two high profile keynote speakers attending the RAID conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

Peter Spilsbury, director of commissioning development for Birmingham and Solilhull NHS Cluster, will also address delegates at the event on January 27, 2012.

The conference aims to show clinicians and commissioners how innovative thinking can save millions of pounds and improve patient outcomes.

The clinical and financial impact of RAID has received national recognition in a report by the London School of Economics for the NHS Confederation, published last month (November 17), which praised its innovative approach for improving patient outcomes and saving money.

Conservative assumptions on savings, made in the LSE’s report, revealed RAID could make savings of £3.55 million a year, based on saving 14,500 bed days at a rate of £245 per bed day.

A RAID service pilot was launched at City Hospital, in Winson Green, in December 2009 to streamline the patient’s journey from A&E or inpatient wards through to specialist, mental health services.

Previously people could face lengthy waits before being referred onto the relevant service but under RAID, clinicians are able to assess patients within an hour of arriving at A&E or within 24 hours if on a ward.  Since April 2010, the service has been available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at City Hospital.

Professor George Tadros, our trust’s clinical lead for RAID, said: “I am really excited that Professor Alistair Burns is attending our first national conference, as there is a high level of interest in RAID not just from clinicians but senior public figures, who are clearly impressed by what we have achieved so far.

“Peter Spilsbury will be able to provide an interesting insight as to why, as a commissioning body, the cluster has backed our service.  Ultimately, I hope this conference will encourage NHS and private sector organisations to look at how they could benefit from implementing RAID in their hospitals.”

Full details of the conference agenda, how to book and accommodation can be found in the RAID section of our website.