NHS South Norfolk CCG and UEA awarded NIHR research funding

posted 7 Dec 2016, 00:26 by Clara Yates   [ updated 7 Dec 2016, 00:27 ]

NHS South Norfolk CCG has collaborated, via the Research Office, with Professor Nick Steel from the University of East Anglia and have succeeded in winning NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) funding of £242,786. The research will investigate goal setting as part of care planning in primary care. The project, entitled Goal Plan, will run for 21 months from 1 November 2016 in six general practices across Norfolk and Waveney.

A ‘care plan’ is an agreement between a patient and doctor that helps them both to look after the patient’s health from day to day. Goal-setting is a key part of the care plan, and helps the patient and doctor agree what matters most. We want to know if adding more goal-setting into the standard care plan will improve the health of people with more than one medical condition.  However, before we can run a full trial, we need to test the ideas in this small feasibility study. This feasibility study will compare two groups, patients who have standard care planning, and patients who have care planning plus extra goal-setting. The study will involve 3 general practices in the ‘standard care planning’ and another 3 in the ‘care planning plus goal-setting’ arm of the study, with about 60 patients in total. This research will help patients and GPs work together to better meet patients’ needs.

This is independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme (Grant Reference Number PB-PG-0215-36079). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.