What we do
UCLPartners brings together health professionals and academics from hospitals, community services, primary care and university member organisations to work in partnership on a portfolio of health and social care programmes, outlined in this section of the website.
UCLPartners focuses on three areas to ensure we best meet the needs of the partners to deliver a sustainable health and care system for the population:
- Discovery science harnesses world-class academic and clinical expertise to speed up the development of new treatments, diagnostics and prevention strategies
- Innovation into practice enables academics, healthcare professionals, industry and patients to work together to speed up innovation into routine practice in the NHS and social care.
- Population health will lead UCLPartners in supporting population-based transformation for the six million people served by the partnership and those further afield. This will include providing a platform of support for organisations that are connecting across the system to deliver sustainable population-based (or place-based) care.
Within these areas we support partners to deliver work that will have the most positive impact on the health and wellbeing of patients and the local population. Our work is co-created with involvement from colleagues across the health and care system, including patients; service users; hospital, community, mental health and primary care providers; commissioners; academia; third sector; government and industry.
Our partnership achievements
The key successes from the partnership in 2015/16 are:
- 340 NHS providers and commissioners now using innovations via the NHS Innovation Accelerator
- 11,000 more staff trained in dementia awareness
- 55,000 people accessing innovative trial treatments through the Clinical Research Network
- 3,000 patients and carers involved in UCLPartners projects
- Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust conducted the first embryonic stem cell surgery to reverse vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration
- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust treated the first patients to receive a genetic diagnosis through the 100,000 Genomes Project
- The Barts Heart Centre has improved outcomes for patients with heart disease – with approximately 300 fewer deaths per year than expected at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
How do we achieve this?
In partnership: UCLPartners’ fundamental role is to support and facilitate an ethos of sustainable partnership working in areas that add value for partner organisations, patients and populations, and to catalyse improvements in health and care at greater scale and pace than individual partners can achieve alone.
Breaking down barriers: UCLPartners breaks down the barriers that exist along the pathway of scientific discovery and innovation and along patient pathways from prevention, diagnosis, treatment and after care to end of life care. This is achieved by bringing together people and organisations, applying academic rigour and supporting delivery of a portfolio of research, health and social care programmes that address the needs of the population and the long-term sustainability of the health and care system.
Adaptability: The company’s business model is flexible to respond to the evolving needs of partners and the population. A guiding principle is that delivery and outcomes are attributed to partner organisations rather than the company itself.
Values driven: UCLPartners sets direction, employs staff and works with colleagues based on core values that ensure its work is: patient-led, population-focused, developed in partnership and delivered at pace.
Focus on delivery of solutions: UCLPartners offers a range of support determined by partners’ needs, ranging from workforce development; leadership support and advice; research and evaluation. Above all else, UCLPartners has an unrelenting focus on challenging the status quo for the benefit of patients and the population.