Impact evaluation of multi-skilling Cardiac Catheter Laboratory staff
The aim of the Catheter Laboratory Practitioner is to resolve the problems arising from a shortfall in Cardiac Physiologists, Nurses and Radiographers by increasing the size and flexibility of the non-medical workforce by achieving a new multi-skilling role – the Catheter Laboratory Practitioner.
The evaluation indicated that the introduction of the Catheter Laboratory Practitioner can have a positive impact on service provision by helping to increase staff flexibility as the Catheter Laboratory Practitioner can practice as a Nurse, Radiographer or Cardiac Physiologist, which could help hospitals cover staff shortfalls. There was also evidence to suggest that the number of staff required to conduct an angiogram or angioplasty could be reduced from five to four due to the scope for multitasking and cross-disciplinary working during the procedures.
Finally the evidence suggested that at the time of reporting the Catheter Laboratory Practitioner was not being introduced, within hospitals, as part of a wider holistic management of change program. Greenstreet Berman therefore developed a change management model and identified relevant good practices, to help hospitals successfully implement the Catheter Laboratory Practitioner.
A detailed account of the research approach, analysis, findings and subsequent implications for practice are discussed within the research report.