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10 December 2018


University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and UCL have launched plans to embark upon the largest ever lung cancer screening project in the UK. The SUMMIT Study, which was initiated by the UCLPartners Academic Health Science Centre, is led by Professor Sam Janes of UCLH. The study will begin in...

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3 December 2018


The November edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month's edition celebrates the positive impact our improvement work is having on patients and staff. We hear about how a staff engagement app is giving junior doctors a voice in NELFT, take a look at some of the change...

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30 November 2018


by Sophie Bulmer, Network Development Lead, UCLPartners

Sophie Bulmer reflects on her learning from our recent event focusing on Joy in Work. What matters to you? This is a question that those of us in the health improvement world have become used to asking our patients and service users and their families. It has helped us to focus how we organise and deliver care so t...

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27 November 2018


Alana Ahmet, junior doctor and psychiatric trainee at North East London NHS Foundation Trust

Alana reflects on what makes us happy at work and what can be done to improve the workplace happiness of staff in the NHS. Am I happy at work? Honestly: about 50% of the time. But why? As a junior member of the medical workforce I am acutely aware of the pressures that working the the NHS comes with. I work long ho...

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26 November 2018


UCLPartners has selected 12 individuals to partake in the second round of our Aspiring Improvers programme. The participants come from a range of organisations across North Central and East London. They are in roles from nursing and medicine to patient support and information, and include a variety of allied health profess...

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14 November 2018


Lesley Cruickshank, Quality Innovation Manager at Essex County Council

Lesley Cruickshank describes how an innovative approach to improving care in care homes has achieved positive results for staff and residents, and has gained traction across the county. Traditionally, local authority improvement work with care homes has tended to be in the form of monitoring with performance measur...

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14 November 2018


More than 18,000 care homes in England provide support for over 386,000 people. Many of these people have complex healthcare needs, with multiple long-term conditions, disability and frailty. Care home teams work hard to support residents but generally there is a high turnover of staff and limited investment in de...

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12 November 2018


Three healthcare organisations in our partnership have successfully piloted ImproveWell, a smartphone app that encourages and enables healthcare staff on the frontline to make improvement suggestions for their workplace. Barts Health NHS Trust, Castle Point, Rochford & Southend CCGs and North East London NHS Fo...

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5 November 2018


A new report by UCLPartners and the Innovation Agency outlines how high-performing specialist trusts have the potential to do more to benefit the wider NHS. A review of around one-third of England’s 21 specialist trusts looked at why they consistently score higher than their counterparts in ratings for performanc...

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5 November 2018


Dr Charlie Davie and Dr Liz Mear

Many of England’s 21 specialist trusts have created international reputations for academic and clinical excellence. They also score higher than other trusts in ratings for performance and patient satisfaction. This report, commissioned by the Federation of Specialist Hospitals, outlines how high-performing specia...

2 November 2018


The October edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month features great news about NHS Test Bed funding for Care City, an initiative improving care for people with long term conditions in Barking and Dagenham. We also share an announcement that Cladribine, a drug for treating Multip...

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1 November 2018


by John Illingworth, Head of Patient Safety, UCLPartners

It seems strange to think that, as recently as 25 years ago, the field of patient safety didn’t really exist. At that time, the harm caused by healthcare either wasn’t routinely captured or was accepted as an inevitable consequence of treatment. Healthcare remains a risky business of course, but patient safety ...

26 October 2018


by John Illingworth, Head of Patient Safety, UCLPartners

John Illingworth shares his reflections on the unique challenges innovation adoption in healthcare can bring and describes how UCLPartners is taking a new approach which recognises the value of early adopters in this process when given sufficient support. of spreading innovations is not new, nor is it unique to h...

25 October 2018


UCLPartners is supporting four trusts to take part in the set-up phase for a pilot of RespiraSense, the world’s only continuous and motion-tolerant respiratory rate monitor. Respiratory rate is the earliest and most sensitive indicator of the deterioration in a patient’s condition, yet it is often poorly monito...

18 October 2018


by Professor Peter Fonagy

The chance of any of us going through life without experiencing a diagnosable mental health disorder (excluding dementia) is just about 16%. In particular, there is increasing concern about the mental health of our children and young people, with suicide being the most common cause of death for both boys (17% of al...

2 October 2018


The September edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month features applications opening for UCLPartner's Improvement Fellows, the NHS Innovation Accelerator's fourth call launching and the announcement of 34 new SMEs, nationwide, for the DigitalHealth Accelerato...

1 October 2018


Katie Mantell joins UCLPartners on 1 October to lead the organisation’s communications function. As Communications and Engagement Director Katie will provide strategic guidance and advice to the organisation, helping to shape UCLPartners’ strategy. Katie will oversee all aspects of communications and engagement...

28 September 2018


The NHS has launched a tool that for the first time accurately measures the number of patients admitted to hospital who are at risk of sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that claims approximately 37,000 lives a year, although the exact figure is difficult to determine. It is caused when the body responds poor...

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19 September 2018


We are excited to announce that applications are open for the fourth cohort of the UCLPartners Improvement Fellows Programme. The aim of the programme is to create a network of people – clinicians, managers, educators, researchers, patients and others – who have the confidence, capability and capacity to lead improvemen...

7 September 2018


UCLPartners has partnered with NHS Improvement to find up to six trusts in the region to join a new collaborative programme, aimed at supporting organisations to develop organisational strategies for compassionate and inclusive culture and leadership. Over an 18-month period from October 2018 to June 2020, the programme ...

5 September 2018


A new ‘state of the nation report about the use of Artificial Intelligence in health and care has found that we are only beginning to unlock the potential of AI. The report spotlights some of the opportunities AI creates and shows where it is already being used in projects across the country. It also considers so...

4 September 2018


The August edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month features the launch of the ESCAPE-pain programme for patients with chronic joint pain, new digital health videos, a great new UCLPartners animation to share, and a brand new innovation case studies over on At...

3 September 2018


NHS England has launched a national conversation to help shape the next 10 years of the NHS. Feedback, comments and suggestions are being invited by 30 September on a series of themes that will form the new ‘Long Term Plan’. NHS staff, people working across social care and public health, healthcare companies, pati...

17 August 2018


Escape-pain (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise) is an award winning NICE and QIPP endorsed programme which helps people to manage arthritic joint pain and postpone the need for surgery. This award-winning programme is being introduced across the...

13 August 2018


The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) is offering UK companies the opportunity to take part in a number of US-based activities designed to help them access the US market. Having already established a strong network of relationships across Texas, the UK’s largest health technology trade association is ...

13 August 2018


After six months acting as interim Finance Director for UCLPartners, Kim Lim is now a permanent appointment to the Senior Leadership Team. Kim will be leading UCLPartners in achieving our financial plans in income generation and cost saving, as well as optimising performance and strategic positioning. Prior to join...

1 August 2018


The July edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month we share our 2017/18 Year in Review and highlight a new opportunity for Trusts in our footprint to participate in a pilot of a respiratory rate monitor, an innovation proven to improve quality of care by identi...

25 July 2018


UCLPartners is inviting trusts from across the partnership to apply to be part of an exciting pilot of an innovative respiratory rate monitor, RespiraSense. RespiraSense is the world's only continuous and motion-tolerant respiratory rate monitor. It improves quality of care by enhancing the ability of clinical team...

25 July 2018


The first three in a series of nine new films about digital health innovations in the NHS have been launched, as part of #NHS70DigitalWeek. Produced by the AHSN Network and NHS England, the films show some of the latest ways the NHS is using digital technology to empower people to take control of their health and care. T...

6 July 2018


The work of Academic Health Science Networks will once again feature strongly at the annual Patient Safety Congress in Manchester on 9 and 10 July in Manchester. The national Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) programme is the largest patient safety initiative in the history of the ...

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6 July 2018


We are proud to present our Year in Review for 2017/18, which highlights a range of achievements from across the partnership in the last year. By working in partnership with healthcare staff and academics within our geography, our efforts have continued to make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives. The...

29 June 2018


The June edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month we mention the success of two UCLPartners patient safety programmes that have reduced patient deaths caused by acute kidney injury and sepsis. Read it now and subscribe for future editions.

28 June 2018


From 4 – 10 June 2018 UCLPartners marked World Heart Rhythm Week by offering Londoners a free 30-second check to assess their heart rhythm at three sites in our region. Arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm disorders) can increase the chance of having a stroke. They affect over two million people in the UK, but by ...

27 June 2018


by Logan Van Lessen, Consultant Midwife, Public Health, Clinical Lead – Community Hubs for NCL

We continue to make good progress in our aim to establish community hubs where midwives and other agencies can work together to provide continuity and personalised care. Further to our launch of Harmood Children’s Centre hub in April, we are delighted that the Royal Free midwifery team have now joined the pilot f...

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18 June 2018


Improvement has never been more important for the health and social care. Vanguards, New Care Models and the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are focusing on improving care for individuals, organisations and populations, focusing on removing the barriers between primary care and hospitals, between ph...

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15 June 2018


It is estimated that more than 420,000 people across England have undiagnosed Atrial Fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart rhythm, which can cause a stroke if not detected and treated appropriately. One in four people will develop Atrial Fibrillation, it affects an estimated 1.5 million people across the UK and i...

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14 June 2018


At present, the majority of patient data sits in silos within various NHS services. Gaining access to information about patient care provided by a different NHS service can often be a time-consuming and cumbersome process for clinicians. The potential benefits of sharing patient data amongst healthcare providers a...

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14 June 2018


An increasing number of healthcare professionals within the UCLPartners region have been demonstrating an interest quality improvement (QI). Although a range of projects are being undertaken, many people have been working in isolation and running QI projects in different ways, making shared learning and collaborat...

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14 June 2018


Across England, the quality of care delivered by NHS services can be variable. Over time, patients’ needs have changed and pressure on the NHS has increased. In 2014, NHS England published the ‘Five Year Forward View’, which called for the integration of primary and acute care; physical and mental health ser...

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14 June 2018


The UK has an ageing population. Medical advances have meant that people are now living longer, although not always in good health. Many people live with increasingly complex chronic conditions and multi-morbidity. A growing proportion of the population have dementia and many of those affected require care in a c...

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14 June 2018


Across the country data is gathered within biological, clinical, social and environmental settings, to aid research to improve health. This data is hugely valuable but is often viewed in isolation. To harness the full power of this data, it is necessary to bridge the gap between the currently distinct disciplines ...

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14 June 2018


Physiotherapy can be a difficult and sometimes painful process. Treatment plans can be cumbersome and a slow recovery dis-empowering. This, in turn, often results in patients not following their recommended exercises, delaying recovery even further. To help keep individuals engaged in their thera...

5 June 2018


The May edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month we celebrate the NHS England approval of a new five year licence for the 15 AHSNs, and announce the appointment of Kate Hall as the Chief Operating Officer for UCLPartners. Read it now and subscribe for future editi...

30 May 2018


ABHI has taken another important step in supporting UK HealthTech companies do business in the US. Following its launch six months ago, ABHI’s Innovation Hub has proven to be of significant benefit to UK companies. As a result, the Hub will now be expanded to accommodate double the number of organisations. The Hub is a...

24 May 2018


NHS England has committed to the long term future of England’s Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), as part of a 10-year vision to drive health innovation and stimulate economic growth. Today’s (24 May) NHS England Board meeting formally approved a new five year licence for...

24 May 2018


UCLPartners are excited to be partnering with Imperial College Health Partners and the Health Innovation Network to support plans to create a ‘Local Health and Care Record Exemplar’ (LHRCE) in London. Following a successful bid, NHS England announced yesterday that London will be one of three se...

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14 May 2018


Kate Hall has taken on the role of Chief Operating Officer for UCLPartners. In this role Kate will oversee the delivery of UCLPartners national, regional and local programmes. Kate takes on this new role in addition to her responsibilities as Director of Capability Development where she focusses on leadership devel...

8 May 2018


The April edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month we share the evaluation of the UCLPartners' Patient Safety Programme, published in BMJ Open, and celebrate the four individuals from the partnership named amongst the 23 new NHS Digital Pioneer Fellows. Read it now and subscri...

26 April 2018


Jenny Shand, UCLPartners Director and Executive Lead at Care City

UCLPartners is dedicated to supporting improvements in population health. Many of our programmes work closely with health partners, but increasingly we are collaborating with councils too. One example is our ongoing support to Care City, an innovation centre for healthy ageing, based in Barking, East London. It was...

26 April 2018


UCLPartners is delighted to announce four organisations from the region will be piloting ImproveWell, a digital platform for staff engagement and quality improvement. Three hospital trusts and a clinical commissioning group - Barts Health NHS Trust; Castle Point and Rochford and Southend CCGs; North East London NHS...

20 April 2018


Four individuals from the partnership have been named amongst 23 digital advocates working in the NHS, chosen to embark on the 2018 NHS Digital Pioneer Fellowship. The NHS Digital Pioneer Fellowship is an exciting new scheme to transform care and deliver better outcomes for their patients. The innovative 12-month ...

18 April 2018


by Logan Van Lessen, Consultant Midwife, Public Health, Clinical Lead – Community Hubs for NCL

We have made some significant progress in aiming to set up community hubs to improve continuity of care for women and families. Here is an update on our progress so far. Harmood Children’s Centre Hub (HCCH) Plans are underway for the HCCH to be the first hub to be operational from April 2018. We have the commitme...

18 April 2018


The March edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month we share the findings from the NHS Innovation Accelerator evaluation. We also celebrate the work we have been doing to help improve the quality of care for people living with dementia in our region. Read it now and subscribe for...

26 March 2018


Delivering patient-centred integrated care has been a long-term goal for the NHS. Essential to this aim is effective collaboration between multi-disciplinary teams to ensure patients benefit from a holistic approach that maximises the professional expertise of the people involved in their care. To help achieve this UCLPa...

5 March 2018


The February edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month we’re excited to announce the participants for our unique human factors programme. We're also sharing details of a new health accelerator being supported by DigitalHealth.London that matches Israeli startups ...

26 February 2018


Musculoskeletal (MSK) services assess and treat problems that affect the bones, joints, and soft tissues. Many musculoskeletal problems are long-term conditions that require comprehensive care and pain management strategies by a variety of health professionals and across a range of services. These include both prim...

26 February 2018


  The Narrative for person-centred coordinated care, published by National Voices and Think Local Act Personal, in May 2013, provided a common cross system definition of the goals for care integration that was designed to be ‘generic’. However, it was identified that this approach might exclude some factors i...

26 February 2018


From today, companies across the capital can compete to join an innovative digital health accelerator, launched to help develop and deploy digital solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing London’s NHS. Now in its third year, the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme will work with 25 small an...

12 February 2018


UCLPartners has selected four organisations from across the region to join its unique new programme that will support partners to develop in-house human factors expertise. Human factors, often referred to as ergonomics, is an established scientific discipline used in many safety critical industries. The principles ...

12 February 2018


Cancer survival rates in England are at an all-time high with over 7000 more people surviving cancer than three years ago. However, urgent GP referrals to specialists have increased by over 500,000 since 2014, to in excess of over 1.7 million people. By 2035, it is projected that at least 500,000 people will be diagnosed wi...

31 January 2018


Jenny Mooney, Head of Population Health Programmes

On a cold Thursday January evening a group of enthusiastic practice nurses, nurse practitioners and GPs came together, in an event run by UCLPartners’ Primary Care Network, to discuss how they could work together to support transformation in GP practice. The main topic, both within the meeting and in the buzz of ...

31 January 2018


The January edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. This month we’re excited to announce 28 health professionals joined our third cohort of Improvement Fellows. We're also delighted to announce the appointment of our new Commercial Director, Holly McLaren. Read it now and subscribe ...

24 January 2018


UCLPartners has created a new video to outline its unique role in supporting the development of the future NHS workforce. Filmed at the annual UCLPartners Education Conference on 6 December, the video explores how UCLPartners can support innovative approaches to workforce development across the partnership. Professor Mik...

19 January 2018


The national Patient Safety Collaborative programme is sponsoring a prestigious award – HSJ Patient Safety Team of the Year 2018. UCLPartners is one of 15 AHSN’s across the country delivering the Patient Safety Collaborative in partnership with NHS Improvement. The deadline for ...

15 January 2018


By Logan Van Lessen, Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for North Central London (NCL) Community Hubs

We face an exciting year ahead for Better Births in 2018. We have made some significant progress in agreeing how we are going to implement community hubs and what models of care we can provide that will ensure continuity of care and carer wherever we can. Discussions and meetings have been held with frontline manag...

5 January 2018


Holly McLaren joins UCLPartners on 2 January to support the organisation’s objectives in driving economic growth and speeding up the adoption of innovation in health and care. As Commercial Director, Holly will lead UCLPartners’ commercial strategy and provide support to industry partners seeking to work with t...

3 January 2018


by Logan Van Lessen

UCLPartners are coordinating trusts across North Central London who will form part of an early adopter site, rolling out a change model for maternity services, as described in ‘Better Births’. Here, Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for North Central London Community Hubs, Logan Van Lessen, describes the wo...