Current Projects

Current CLEAR Projects

The National CLEAR Programme is supporting three trusts in North East and Yorkshire region with transformation projects to tackle waiting times, improve patient outcomes and enhance staff wellbeing within mental health and UEC services.

CLEAR is a national programme, originally developed in partnership with Health Education England and now sponsored by NHS England nationally as well as by regions and systems. The programme combines clinical insight and data analysis to create innovative new models of care and workforce redesign to enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of services and deliver sustainable change.

This CLEAR project is supporting the trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Hull and East Riding to reduce waiting times and develop new models of care.The two CAMHS teams have faced an increase in demand since COVID-19 resulting in greater pressure on the services and longer lengths of stay.

The work is examining the current challenges faced by both teams and exploring opportunities to enhance the CAMHS urgent treatment pathway and the potential for further system collaboration to support children and young people after discharge.

A second CLEAR transformation project will take place with the Trust in the New Year (end of January 2024) focusing on adult mental health crisis services.

Clinicians at the trust are leading projects to optimise the Sheffield Eating Disorders Service (SEDs) day service with the aim of reducing waiting times for patients and improving staff experience.

The day service runs three days a week in Sheffield to support people aged 16 and over who’re very ill to avoid hospital admissions. It also assists patients who’ve been in hospital return to the community. Most patients spend 12 weeks with the service.

The project is examining the challenges experienced by day service staff, exploring ways to improve the patient pathways involved and looking at the potential of extending the service to five or seven days a week with additional locations to improve access, increase capacity and reduce the length of stay.

Another CLEAR transformation project will start at the end of January 2024 focusing on the work of the Community Enhancing Recovery Team (CERT).

The CLEAR programme is working with the trust on two transformation projects – one focussing on improving the efficiency of their same day emergency care service for adult patients in medicine, surgical and gynaecology and the second on enhancing the care of patients waiting a long time in ED in need of emotional wellbeing support and paediatric inpatients waiting for CAMHS services.

Both are focusing on services at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI).

The new projects are supporting the trust with its ongoing plans to reconfigure services over the next five years – increasing its understanding of activity and demand while proposing new models of care to improve the patient journey and staff experience.