The first part of the evaluation of the programme is for patients to sign a consent form telling us they are happy to take part in the research. A member of the Test Bed team will speak to the patient about the consent form and will explain what each section means. There are two forms to consider:
Form 1: this form gives us the patient’s consent to take part in the Test Bed and to agree to completing surveys at the start, middle and end of their 6 months with the project. By completing the surveys at each point, this will allow the research team to monitor how well the equipment is working for them and how this is having an impact on their overall health and wellbeing as well as their ability to self-manage your care. All patients signing up to the Test Bed will be required to complete this form.
Form 2: this form will give us the patient’s consent to participating in more in-depth research by way of having one to one interviews with members of the research team to discuss their experience in more detail. Participation in this stage is optional.
As well as measuring and evaluating how well the programme has worked for patients, it is also important that the research team is able to find out the impact the programme has had on staff and the impact, positive or otherwise, on your workloads.
As such, staff are asked to keep a weekly experience log to record how each week goes, any issues that have arisen, any benefits etc. This will enable the research team to evaluate the overall impact on healthcare professionals.