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By launching a new package of training materials, a new data system and a tool to highlight cost effectiveness, the organisation improves its processes and aims for even better results

By launching a new package of training materials, a new data system and a tool to highlight cost effectiveness, the organisation improves its processes and aims for even better results

When the COVID pandemic took a grip on the UK, in March 2020, the IRISi team rapidly adapted its training materials to enable safe, virtual delivery of the IRIS programme. But that was just the beginning of a more extensive project that culminated in a comprehensive training review of all the IRIS materials for general practice teams. This is now finished and ready to be rolled out to the IRIS network. Alongside this, the organisation has developed a new data system and a Cost Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) tool, both of which will refine data reporting and analysis, and are also ready to be launched.

Together, these achievements reinforce the commitment of IRISi to continually improve its processes and aim for even better results in recognising and responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) across the health system, with specialist DVA partner organisations and, most importantly, for survivors, our IRIS service users.

The new training materials will be officially launched in the week of 17th May 2021, during an intensive schedule of online sessions that will continue into June. The package includes new sets of slides and manuals for all training sessions – Clinical 01, Clinical 02, Reception and Administration, and Refresher Training – all of them rigorously researched and reviewed to present the most up to date health data, legislation and general information regarding DVA.

Annie Howell, Programme Director at IRISi, who led on this work, explains its importance: “When we moved our training sessions from face to face to online, it became clear that we needed to transform them into more engaging and impactful webinars. Especially after a few months of lockdown, when most people were already exhausted from having long online meetings, we knew that we had to be even more succinct with our information and conscious about the time required to complete our sessions”.

As a result, the new training material has not only improved visually but also has become more concise and objective, providing the trainers with all the information they need to enable general practice teams to better identify and respond to DVA. “The pandemic put enormous pressure on health care professionals, so we also knew that we had to create something powerful enough to draw their attention to DVA, an invisible disease that has worsened during 2020”, continues Annie.

Following the launch of the new training materials, IRISi will also deliver its first focused workshop sessions, “Looking Through a Lens”, to better address specific issues of concern and interest, and diversity. “One workshop will look at Black women and DVA, and other, run by a colleague from Respect, will look at perpetrators. These will be the first in our developing series of focused workshops.”, finishes the Programme Director. 

New data system and CEA tool: benefits for everyone

Although they are all being launched at the same time, the demand for a new data system and for a CEA tool goes back to before the pandemic. “The IRIS programme has always relied on robust evidence and data, so it’s natural that we are always looking for more effective ways of collecting, reporting and analysing our numbers and feedback”, explains Medina Johnson, CEO at IRISi. That search led to the development of both the data system, which will directly benefit the work of Advocate Educators and Clinical Leads, and the CEA tool, which was specially designed for the IRIS Service Managers, Chief Executives, and commissioners.

The new data system has already been successfully tested by colleagues in the IRIS network and now it will be officially presented during the training rollout. “We are happy to announce that after several years in the planning and making and many months of testing, we are launching our new data system to replace the old system of spreadsheets. We are putting together a “how to guide” to explain how the system works and we are also offering 2 sessions on the Data System as part of the training review”, says Dr. Estela Barbosa, IRISi Data Scientist.

The new platform is very intuitive and user friendly, which should facilitate the work of entering the data that AEs collect. The tool has also a reporting tab, which will enable them to meet their funders requests for data, results and feedback.

According to Dr. Barbosa, the CEA tool has a similar purpose, but it was designed to fit the decision-maker’s needs. “It is increasingly important that local IRIS sites are able to demonstrate to commissioners, the health benefits of the work they have done in financial terms, so that IRIS continues to be sustained into the future. The IRIS cost-effectiveness analysis tool has been created to help local sites to do this”.

The CEA tool is also very user friendly. After inputting the information required, it automatically calculates the cost effectiveness of a local service, presenting both the results from an NHS and societal perspective.  After final testing, the CEA tool will be officially introduced to the IRIS network in June.

The IRISi team has worked hard to develop and deliver these new resources and we are delighted to invite everyone in our network to join the launch events. If you have not received an email from us, please get in touch: info@irisi.org’, invites Medina.

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AVA
AVA
AVA

AVA is an expert, groundbreaking and independent charity working across the UK.

Their vision is a world without gender based violence and abuse. They aim to  inspire innovation and collaboration and encourage and enable direct service providers to help end gender based violence and abuse particularly against women and girls.AVA’s work is focused around those areas where they can make the best contribution to ending violence and abuse. They do this by making sure that survivors get the help and support they need in the here and now, through providing innovative training that has a proven direct impact on the professional practice of people supporting survivors of violence and abuse

developing a range of toolkits, e-learning and other material that supports professionals to provide effective and appropriate support to survivors of violence and abuse

using our influence and networks to ensure survivors voices are heard. We work closely with AVA in many areas including the Pathfinder project

https://avaproject.org.uk

SafeLives
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SafeLives

SafeLives are a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. We combine insight from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives. Since 2005, SafeLives has worked with organisations across the country to transform the response to domestic abuse, with over 60,000 victims at highest risk of murder or serious harm now receiving co-ordinated support annually. SafeLives are members of the Pathfinder consortium.

http://www.safelives.org.uk/about-us

IMKAAN
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IMKAAN

Imkaan is a UK-based, Black feminist organisation. We are the only national second-tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls i.e. women and girls which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME). The organisation holds nearly two decades of experience of working around issues such as domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour-based’ violence.

They work at local, national and international level, and in partnership with a range of organisations, to improve policy and practice responses to Black and minoritised women and girls. Imkaan works with it’s members to represent the expertise and perspectives of frontline, specialist and dedicated Black and minoritised women’s organisations that work to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. Imkaan delivers a unique package of support which includes: quality assurance; accredited training and peer education; sustainability support to frontline Black and minoritised organisations; and facilitation of space for community engagement and development. They are a part of the Pathfinder Consortium.

https://www.imkaan.org.uk

The University of Bristol CAPC
The University of Bristol CAPC
The University of Bristol CAPC

The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) is a leading centre for primary care research in the UK, one of nine forming the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.  It is part of Bristol Medical School, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for population health research and teaching.

A dedicated team of researchers at the Centre work on domestic abuse projects and IRISi is a co-collaborator and partner on some of these projects including ReProvide, HERA and DRiDVA.

The Health Foundation
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The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. The Health Foundation’s Exploring Social Franchising programme aims to generate a deeper understanding of the potential of social franchising models for scaling effective health and social care interventions within the NHS.

We are one of four project teams participating in the programme to develop a social franchise to enable the sustainable spread of our intervention, the IRIS Programme. We receive funding and support from the Health Foundation, including technical expertise on social franchising, and attend programme learning events. The Health Foundation has also commissioned a programme-wide evaluation to support understanding of the use of social franchising in the UK health and care system. We and our franchisees will support the evaluation through co-designing data collection requirements, providing access to data as requested, hosting site visits and attending learning events.

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STADV
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STADV

Standing Together Against Domestic Violence is a UK charity bringing communities together to end domestic abuse. They bring local services together to keep people safe

Most public services weren’t designed with domestic abuse in mind, and they often struggle to keep people safe. Poor communication and gaps between services put survivors at risk.

STADV aim to end domestic abuse by changing the way that local services respond to it. They do this through an approach that they pioneered, called the Coordinated Community Response. The Coordinated Community Response brings services together to ensure local systems truly keep survivors safe, hold abusers to account, and prevent domestic abuse.

Their model of a coordinated local partnership to tackle and ultimately prevent domestic violence is now widely accepted as best practice. They are also a part of the Pathfinder consortium.

http://www.standingtogether.org.uk

Spring Impact
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