Cindy Brooks is a Research Fellow and Medical Sociologist within the Ageing and Dementia Research Group, School of Health Sciences and Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Wessex Implementation Team at the University of Southampton.
Cindy is Lead investigator of a project to co-produce an online implementation module to support the successful uptake of innovations in practice. She also leads with Dr Michelle Myall, a project to evaluate a co-produced web-based Implementation Toolkit. Combining enterprise with research is integral to Cindy’s work, and she leads projects focused upon using her combined professional roles as researcher, artist and musician to co-produce and research innovative art and music tools to support wellbeing. She is also involved in a study to improve implementation of a compassionate care initiative (CCI) in mental health settings, as well as research intervention studies in the area of polypharmacy and person-centred care relating to social care settings.
The complexity of implementing innovations across health and social care has been compounded by Covid-19, resulting in rapid, multifactorial changes. While many implementation models, frameworks and tools are available, issues with design, accessibility and being tailored to specific audiences have limited opportunities for adoption. To address these limitations, we propose adoption of a co-produced web-based implementation toolkit (WIT). WIT offers helpful, accessible and usable tools for a range of user groups to facilitate adaptive implementation across health and social care.
A mixed method survey (n=31), with stakeholders including health and social care professionals, public contributors, academics and third sector organisation representatives confirmed there was a need for the toolkit. Online interactive workshops with stakeholders from across these sectors were held to co-produce WIT. An evaluation of WIT is currently underway.
WIT is designed to support adaptive implementation; focusing on early consideration of implementation factors to afford a flexible and dynamic approach, prioritising both what needs to be considered and how to operationalise this. It comprises of three components; an interactive implementation wheel, checklist and webinars. Consistent to all are six domains. Preliminary evaluation findings demonstrate WIT’s potential to support implementation at an early stage within health and social care settings.
Given the complexity of implementation within health and social care settings, WIT offers valuable user-centred tools to afford a flexible and adaptive approach to support implementation in dynamic and rapidly changing health and social care contexts.