Who we are

UCLPartners is a unique academic health science partnership that brings together people and organisations to transform the health and wellbeing of the population.

With more than 40 partners from the NHS, social care and academia, we support improvements in discovery science, innovation into practice and population health and focus where the need and benefit is greatest. Our local focus is to support health and care improvements for a population of six million people in north east and north central London, south and west Hertfordshire, south Bedfordshire and south west and mid Essex. Beyond serving the local population, healthcare solutions developed by members are also applied across the UK and globally.

UCLPartners’ commitment

  1. To give patients access to the most effective medical discoveries and innovation. We work with partners to speed up the pathway from scientific discovery and medical innovation to clinical application in health and care.
  2. To transform the health of the local population. We support and facilitate measurable improvements in the health and care systems and apply academic rigour to improve the patient journey from diagnosis to treatment and after care.
  3. To support a sustainable health and care system in England. We work with partners and support system transformation that aims to close gaps in health and wellbeing; care and quality; and finance and efficiency.

UCLPartners is unique because it facilitates the improvement of healthcare through a range of clinical and academic designated roles. It is an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC), Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and manages postgraduate medical and dental education for north east London. It is also aligned with the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North Thames, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North Thames and the North Thames NHS Genomic Medicine Centre. It is the only organisation in the country to align these NHS and Department of Health designated roles under one umbrella. By aligning these functions, UCLPartners is able to maximise opportunities to translate innovation into health and wealth benefits for patients.

When UCLPartners was first created in 2009 the founding partners recognised the need and challenge to learn and apply partnership skills for the overall benefit of the populations served. This continues to be the sustaining foundation on which our work is built and today, partnership approaches to health and care challenges and the need for every partner to develop and utilise these skills are at the forefront of the national and global agenda in discovery science, innovation into practice and population health.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to translate cutting-edge research and innovation into measurable health and wealth gain for patients and populations – in London, across the UK and globally.

Our vision

Our vision is to create a world leading centre for research, healthcare and education to deliver solutions to address the most pressing healthcare challenges for the health of our population.

Our values

Patient led

Programmes of work are responsive to the needs and experiences of patients receiving care in our local population of six million people. In all of our programmes, we begin by actively seeking to understand the patient perspective and we measure patient experience to inform improvement.

Population focused

The specific healthcare needs of our local population of six million people drives the focus of our programmes of work. Where our members have global centres of academic excellence, we reach beyond serving our local population to deliver health and wealth gains for populations across the UK and globally.

Developed in partnership

We work with our members to co-create, test and implement solutions, which consequently embeds improvements in the everyday working of our member organisations from the outset. Our members further collaborate with patient groups, commissioners, primary care, community care, the third sector, government and industry.

Delivered at pace

It takes an average of 17 years to implement a proven healthcare innovation into standard medical care. We speed up the delivery of innovation into practice across the translational pathway and use proven techniques which speed up the adoption of innovation.