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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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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

4 December 2017


Last week NEJM Catalyst featured an article by UCLPartners HR Director, Rebecca Graham, describing UCLPartners unique approach to leadership recruitment. As a fosterer of partnerships, UCLPartners needs leaders that are not only experts in their field but also those that are emotionally intelligent, good listeners and st...

24 November 2017


This blog was written for UCLPartners by Dr Matthew Snowsill, Emergency Medicine Registrar I must say what a result it was when my paediatric consultant (during a conversation about our hospital’s sepsis practice) said that she was attending the UCLPartners Paediatric Sepsis Network’s first session and had a spare tick...

6 November 2017


  In his recent blog ‘Are digital tools the way to improve access to primary care?’, UCLPartners Primary Care Quality Improvement Lead, Dr Mizan Hoque, highlighted the opportunities for digital innovation to support access in primary care. In response to this, Dr Zenobia Sheikh shares her thoughts on how ...

30 October 2017


UCLPartners is currently preparing its annual education conference which is to be held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on Wednesday 6 December. In this blog, Tim Gluck, Associate Director of Education, outlines what the conference can offer delegates and discusses s and rewards of running the eve...

27 October 2017


This blog was written by Charlie Davie, Managing Director, UCLPartners  If you’ve visited Japan, you’ll know that you can’t help but fall in love with this island nation. The eclectic mix of traditional and modern sit seamlessly side by side, creating a sense of serenity which is underpinned by a deep culture of r...

28 September 2017


Dr Mizan Hoque summarises the inspiring and thoughtful discussions among colleagues working in primary care at our recent event.  UCLPartners primary care development event on 20 September ‘Are e-consultations the answer to the access challenges in general practice?’ explored many innovative ideas to address some...

28 September 2017


Reflecting on recent national announcements on creating a digital NHS, Amanda White, Head of Communications at UCLPartners, highlights how we're supporting a culture that's ready to adopt new ways of working.  Digital health is the phrase of the moment for the NHS.  In the space of just a month we’ve had a report to ...

27 September 2017


In the third instalment of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) series sharing research and real-world insight, Dr Amanda Begley explains why health innovators must adopt the core principles of the NHS Constitution, ensuring that the patient is at the heart of everything they do.   The NHS Constitution, first pub...

4 August 2017


UCLPartners is currently running seven Quality Improvement (QI) collaboratives across four CCGs in North Central and North East London, covering over 80 GP practices. A key element of these collaboratives is the six-weekly learning sessions, where UCLPartners brings practices in each locality/network together to learn abou...

28 June 2017


UCLPartners co-founded the NHS Innovation Accelerator with NHS England and now hosts the programme. Evidence: do or be damned is part of a series produced by the NIA to give an insight into how it works. In this second instalment of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) series, sharing research and real-world insight, Dr ...

24 April 2017


Co-founder of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), Dr Amanda Begley, introduces a new series of research and real-world insight from the NIA, which addresses what it will take for supply and demand for innovation in healthcare to be better matched. I am repeatedly inspired by the great work happening both within and a...

6 December 2016


Lyn Chitty is Clinical Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network: North Thames and Professor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. This October, Lyn’s most recent research made headline news with the announcement that the NHS will be introducing non-invasive prenatal...

20 October 2016


Since joining the NHS Innovation Accelerator cohort last year, Fellow Andrea Haworth has made significant impact with digital health innovation SAPIENTIA™ - a genome analytics software which enables healthcare professionals to interrogate the human genome for pathogenic mutations likely to be the cause of a patient’s in...

17 October 2016


This week we talked to Sarah Papworth-Heidel, a 2016 UCLPartners Improvement Fellow, to find out her reflections on the programme. Hi Sarah, tell us a bit about yourself. As Head of Quality and Patient Experience I am part of the Governance Directorate at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I), a ment...

10 October 2016


This week we talked to Dave Grewcock, a 2016 UCLPartners Improvement Fellow, to find out his reflections on the programme. Hi Dave, please tell us a bit about yourself. I lead an improvement team tasked with supporting UCLH’s transformation programme and building improvement capability across the trust, working as p...

21 September 2016


Prof Paul Dolan

Guest blog by Professor Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics Evidence shows that small changes in behaviour can lead to significant changes in wellbeing. However, even with the best intentions, altering your habits can be challenging. One great example of this is that many p...

10 August 2016


Chelsea Atherton

Being ‘patient led’ is one of UCLPartners core values, so Patient Insight and Involvement plays a crucial role in everything we do. Over the last two years we have built a network of over 160 Involvement Leads from across the region to strengthen collaboration and improve how partners develop services, research and educ...

1 July 2016


Charlie Davie

For more than a year, UCLPartners have been collaborating with NHS England and the Academic Health Science Networks across the country to deliver the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA). Charlie Davie talks to DigitalHealth.Londonabout the success we’ve achieved and why now, more than ever, we need to embrace and support new...

31 May 2016


Laura Stuart-Neil

Over the past few months there has been a growing focus on population-based approaches to health and social care. The Kings Fund and others have published a number of documents on place-based care and accountable care organisations. We have also heard increasingly about devolution with the developments in Manchester and Lon...

1 April 2016


Laura Stuart-Neil

Falls are no joke! ​​Laura Stuart-Neil and the Care City team have written a blog about their work on reducing falls in the Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge region, and also what people can do to reduce their risks of falls. Why are falls important? Falls are a significant problem for older people. Arou...

23 March 2016


Priyanka Bhatt and Charlie Davie

The UCL Festival of Digital Health – now in its second year – showcases how developments in technology in many diverse areas are improving healthcare. This year, topics ranged from the use of health record data with the Farr Institute, empowering patients with long-term conditions, to digital health and wellbeing from t...

27 October 2015


Maria Piggin

As a patient, I found the experience of attending the UCLPartners Education Conference 2015 -“Educating for patient-centred care”, a very valuable insight into the appetite within the medical profession to change the culture of care to be more patient-centred. Dr Clare Morris’s reflections on her experience of bein...

1 October 2015


Jenny Shand and Laura Stuart-Neil

It seems fitting on Older People’s Day that, as a partnership across health and social care, we should pause and reflect on the services we provide. We have a growing, ageing population across the country that are living longer with more complex care needs. Coupled with the £22 billion efficiency gap the NHS needs to clo...