Kick-off workshop: Defining a preliminary project scope

Kick-off workshop, Royal College or Art, London.

Last Thursday was an exciting date since it was the first time we met and worked in person to share our vision and perspectives about the “distributed healthcare” project, defining the scope and planning the next steps. We also met Gianpaolo Fusari from the Helix Centre, who kindly joined our conversation and gave us some practical advice to push the project forward.

Prior to this meeting, we have been discussing possible topics we could undertake to narrow down the scope. To select those, we based our decision on a research already done by the hospital with the following criteria: Innovation potential, population size, financial potential, expert recommendations and chance of realisation.

During that working day, we narrowed down the scope further to include patients with respiratory disease, of which a huge proportion is in the over 60 age group. Although we want to focus on patient groups rather than disease, at this preliminary stage we will look at the journeys and experiences of patients that are admitted with respiratory infections (pneumonia) or acute on chronic respiratory exacerbations (COPD, asthma).

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Scope definition / Mariepi (left) & Estefanía (right)

These are some of the key questions that we will be examining:

  • How is prevention and wellbeing patients experience being approached by the hospital today?
  • How might we decrease hospital stay during acute episodes?
  • How might we modify the hospital stay to ensure patient and family wellbeing and increase their confidence of rehabilitation post discharge?
  • How might we prepare the patient, family, staff and patient environment for a successful discharge, decrease anxiety and hospital readmission?
  • How is it possible to increase patient confidence outside the hospital setting?
  • What could be the moral and ethical concerns around the suggested intervention?

The rationale of focusing on the above groups at this stage, is that we will be able to generate meaningful qualitative and quantitative data, with a significant potential for making a measurable impact. This will be important in creating a business case for future research, also bearing into consideration that it is a field with national interest. Furthermore we feel that there is scope significant innovation potential.

If you want to find out more about the project or would like to be involved, please do get in contact with Estefanía Trisotti at or Mariepi Manolis at

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