21 August 2019


UCLPartners is inviting maternity teams from across the region to participate in a new programme to support the implementation of the Birmingham Symptom Specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS). BSOTS was co-produced in 2013 by midwives and obstetricians in Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and ...

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13 August 2019


Dr Anna Gorringe, End of Life Care Lead at UCLPartners I’m going to tell you a secret.  Care homes are brilliant.  Their staff are some of the most hard-working, inspirational people I’ve ever met.  But most people don’t know this.  I didn’t always know this: here’s the story of how I found out. “I ...

18 July 2019


Network Development Lead Sophie Bulmer writes about a recent workshop with a unique approach to problem solving. If you follow UCLPartners on Twitter, you may have wondered what we were up to on Friday 5 July. Were those photos of people playing with LEGO? In a workshop? Yes, they were! LEGO Serious Play is a facil...

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16 July 2019


Rob Berry, Commercial Director (Interim) at UCLPartners, describes how we help companies plan and manage their approach to the NHS and other health and care markets. The NHS is an attractive market for home-grown UK companies as well as companies from overseas. Adoption by the NHS is seen as an important endorsement th...

11 July 2019


The announcement today of a new national network focusing on applied health and social care research has been welcomed by UCLPartners. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) are based on the same regions as England’s 15 AHSNs and will work closely with them. One of the ...

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10 July 2019


Key NHS leads came together to discuss how best to overcome local barriers to innovation and use technology to solve local challenges, when UCLPartners hosted the first regional NHS Innovation Network meeting in June. The event was well attended by senior NHS and Health and Care Partnership (HCP) representatives leading ...

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10 July 2019


We are proud to present our Year in Review for 2018/19 which celebrates our achievements over the last financial year and features reflections from some of the healthcare staff and patients in our partnership that have benefitted from working with us. Download the review here

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25 June 2019


A cutting-edge cardiac test creates a 3D model of the heart’s arteries to help physicians understand patient risk, in an innovation that is improving care for people with suspected coronary artery disease ‘In the old days, the approach was “If it looks blocked, open it up.” In modern coron...

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25 June 2019


Enlarged prostate is a common condition but traditional surgical methods can cause some serious side-effects. A new technique called UroLift®, being spread across the region with support from UCLPartners, is revolutionising the way enlarged prostate is treated and the patient experience. For men o...

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24 June 2019


Darren Sharpe is a social scientist specialising in participatory research in the development of social and health policy. Darren works at the University of East London and is a UCLPartners Researcher in Residence in Newham, focussing on improvements in primary care. Darren explains more about his role and the dif...

24 June 2019


3D heart modelling to rapidly diagnose coronary disease and an advanced blood test which can cut the time it takes to rule-out a heart attack by 75% are among a raft of technological innovations being introduced for patients across the NHS. New innovations have already reached 300,000 patients across the country, and NHS...

6 June 2019


In this month’s newsletter we hear from John Illingworth on the support we are giving trusts to adopt innovative ideas to improve patient safety, we announce the four hospital departments we’ll be working with to pilot Care Opinion - a patient feedback platform, and we reflect on the impact on some of our work t...

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29 May 2019


UCLPartners’ human factors course has instigated changes across North Middlesex University NHS Trust, leading to improved patient safety processes and increased staff satisfaction. ‘When people go to work, 99.9% of the time they set out to do a good job. So if they aren’t following the procedur...

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29 May 2019


John Illingworth, Head of Patient Safety, shares how we’re supporting teams to deliver improvements through a new innovation adoption fund. Six years ago, the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, asked Professor Don Berwick to lead a review of patient safety in England. The review came in the wake of a number of high-pr...

13 May 2019


Five teams have been awarded over £40,000 of funding by UCLPartners to develop new ways of improving patient safety. UCLPartners set up the new fund to support frontline teams and organisations from across our region to further develop and spread interventions to support improvements in patient safety.  The interventio...

1 May 2019


In this month’s newsletter, we hear from Charlie Davie who reflects on the opportunities to improve patient care presented by international collaborations such as a visit to London this month by three exceptional Israeli health tech start-ups to showcase new technologies with the potential to benefit the NHS. We're also i...

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29 April 2019


Charlie Davie, UCLPartners Managing Director, reflects on the opportunities to improve patient care presented by the recent visit by three Israeli start-ups to build access to the NHS market. s we face in the health and care system in the UK are global challenges – an ageing population, the increasing prevalence ...

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12 April 2019


Researchers based at UCLPartners and at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families are investigating possible interventions to support young people while they are waiting for clinical mental health support, so they don’t have to reach the front of the waiting list before their recovery can begin. ...

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10 April 2019


We are inviting teams and organisations from across our footprint to apply to be part of the Invasive Procedures Safety Network. The aim of the network is to support organisations to develop and implement Local Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures. The National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) brin...

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4 April 2019


Ruth McDonald is an Enhanced Recovery Nurse for gynaecology & breast patients in the Women’s Health team at University College London Hospital where she has worked for five years. Here Ruth shares her experience of the UCLPartners Improvement Fellows programme which she joined in 2018. What led you to apply t...

4 April 2019


Vicky Sleap, National Child Mortality Database Project Manager, on the importance of the Child Death Review Process. When I first started to work in the world of child death reviews, almost a decade ago now, I was very nervous about telling people what I did for a living. I worried about mentioning the word “deat...

1 April 2019


In this month’s newsletter, centred on patient and public involvement, two colleagues, Erin and Agnese, share their thoughts and insights on co-production following their own collaborative work with patients and communities. We’re also offering to support NHS organisations within our region to trial the online patie...

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1 April 2019


by Dr Erin Walker, Patient and Public Involvement Lead at UCLPartners Co-production is simultaneously an activity, an approach and an ethos which involves members of staff, patients and the public working together, sharing power and responsibility across the entirely of a project. Last year, INVOLVE published guida...

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25 March 2019


We are inviting departments within secondary care from across the UCLPartners region to apply for a free six-month pilot of Care Opinion, the UK’s leading online patient feedback platform for health and social care. Care Opinion offers patients and carers an easy way to anonymously and securely share their experiences ...

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25 March 2019


Agnese Lazzari, Improvement Advisor, shares what she has learnt about co-production through bringing together residents, staff and decision-makers in Newham to improve children’s dental health.   As you walk out of Stratford station, the energy and vibrancy of the crowd in the attractive Olympic Park tell yo...

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19 March 2019


By Dr Erin Walker, Patient Involvement Lead at UCLPartners By the time Erin Walker turned 20 she was on her third liver, after a second transplant. Seventeen years on she reflects how organ donation has enabled her to experience many of life’s rites of passage. In 1979 the immunosuppressant ciclosporin had been d...

28 February 2019


The February edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. In this month’s edition we focus on data and Artificial Intelligence. We share a blog from Charlie Davie that considers how AI will impact healthcare, news on projects our partners are undertaking connecting data to impro...

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11 February 2019


“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed” is a quote attributed to William Gibson, writer and essayist. It can certainly be applied to artificial intelligence (AI), which already has entered into many aspects of our lives both perceptibly and imperceptibly. Whether it is smart personal...

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6 February 2019


Martin Marshall, Programme Director for Primary Care and Population Health, UCLPartners and GP, Newham, East London General practice has been on the ropes for more than a decade. What has long been regarded as the jewel in the crown of the NHS has become increasingly tarnished. Policy makers and NHS ...

30 January 2019


The January edition of Partnership Press, our monthly newsletter, is now available. In this month’s edition we focus on innovation: looking at opportunities for both innovators and adopters, including a blog from our Managing Director, Charlie Davie, who gives us the five key areas he believes will harness innovation and...

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28 January 2019


When the NHS Long Term Plan was published at the beginning of this year, many of us across the health and care spectrum scrambled to quickly assimilate a long-awaited document setting out the ambitions of the service over the next decade. It was immediately apparent – and welcome – that innovation and research ...

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28 January 2019


Today, a new fund offering innovators and adopters across UCLPartners the opportunity to bid for a share of £50,000 to help spread improvements in patient safety has been launched. This fund has been created specifically to support the adoption of innovations and improvement interventions across our partnership. Ind...

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28 January 2019


We are offering four organisations from across the partnership the opportunity to pilot ImproveWell, an app which engages staff in quality improvement and supports joy in work. The ImproveWell app, which was amongst the first cohort of digital technologies supported by the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, enable...

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17 January 2019


Prof Sir Peng Khaw, Programme Chair for Eyes and Vision at UCLPartners and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, argues that healthcare innovation needs to be harnessed in the right way to reduce health inequities and address the rising demand for healthcare. We know that demand for our health s...

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8 January 2019


An initiative developed with UCLPartners to support young people’s mental health has been endorsed by the long-term NHS plan, published yesterday. The plan, which lays out how the NHS will spend its funding over the next 10 years, names mental health as a top priority, and endorses i-THRIVE as a key approach to ...