Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
19/12/2006
Date assigned
08/05/2007
Last edited
23/02/2012
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Ms Suzanne Mason

ORCID ID

Contact details

Health Services Research
ScHARR
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)114 222 0694
s.mason@sheffield.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

SDO/98/2005

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

NEECaP (National Evaluation of Emergency Care Practitioners schemes)

Study hypothesis

Aims:
1. To evaluate the appropriateness, quality and safety of care of Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPs)
2. To evaluate patient satisfaction and health outcomes after care given by ECPs
3. To examine the impact of ECP schemes on existing staff in emergency and unscheduled care services by assessing the impact of the new role on ECPs, other health care providers and managers
4. To evaluate the costs associated with integrating ECPs into the existing workforce
5. To examine the service level impact of ECPs on emergency and unscheduled care service performance

Ethics approval

Multicentre Research Ethics Committee (MREC) for Scotland on 23/03/2006 (ref: 06/MRE00/20)

Study design

Pragmatic multicentre community intervention trial (using mixed methods).

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Emergency Care

Intervention

Emergency care practitioner schemes intended to provide alternative care for patients in emergency and unscheduled care settings, versus care as usual.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Patient outcomes:
1. Experiences and satisfaction
2. Patient health status
3. Quality and safety of care

Workforce outcomes:
1. Impact of the ECP roles on self and others

Secondary outcome measures

1. Effect of ECPs on overall performances of local service, strategic impact and economic evaluation
2. Consolidation of research methodologies for evaluating role substitution in health care, costs and system level impact

Overall trial start date

01/07/2006

Overall trial end date

01/07/2007

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

All patients who are eligible to be seen by an ECP and present to the appropriate service with a clinical condition that the ECP either actually manages or would manage if there was an ECP available will be included.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Not Specified

Gender

Not Specified

Target number of participants

7200

Participant exclusion criteria

Patients who are not eligible to be attended by an ECP.

Recruitment start date

01/07/2006

Recruitment end date

01/07/2007

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Health Services Research
Sheffield
S1 4DA
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

NHS Service Delivery and Organisation Research and Development programme (UK)

Sponsor details

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
99 Gower Street
London
WC1E 6AZ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7612 7980
sdo@lshtm.ac.uk

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.sdo.lshtm.ac.uk/

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

NHS Service Delivery and Organisation Research and Development programme (UK) (ref: SDO/98/2005)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

1. 2007 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17384374
2. 2011 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21515877
3. 2012 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22186262

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Mason S, O'Keeffe C, Coleman P, Edlin R, Nicholl J, Effectiveness of emergency care practitioners working within existing emergency service models of care., Emerg Med J, 2007, 24, 4, 239-243, doi: 10.1136/emj.2006.035782.

  2. Results

    O'Hara R, O'Keeffe C, Mason S, Coster JE, Hutchinson A, Quality and safety of care provided by emergency care practitioners., Emerg Med J, 2012, 29, 4, 327-332, doi: 10.1136/emj.2010.104190.

  3. Results

    Mason S, O'Keeffe C, Knowles E, Bradburn M, Campbell M, Coleman P, Stride C, O'Hara R, Rick J, Patterson M, A pragmatic quasi-experimental multi-site community intervention trial evaluating the impact of Emergency Care Practitioners in different UK health settings on patient pathways (NEECaP Trial)., Emerg Med J, 2012, 29, 1, 47-53, doi: 10.1136/emj.2010.103572.

Additional files

Editorial Notes