Case studies

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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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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...

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...

18 December 2017


UCLPartners and NHS Digital have come together to share a new series of case studies focussing on the use of digital tools by communications teams working in health and care. Communications professionals are increasingly turning to digital tools to share updates from their organisations, engage staff, patients and ...

28 November 2017


UCLPartners' innovative educational materials have been developed as a resource for facilitators to teach End of Life Care (EOLC) to non-specialist staff across all health and care settings. The materials aim to increase staff confidence across areas including recognition, communication and physical care, for those...

1 September 2017


Each year the number of people living with dementia is growing, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. It is estimated that 70 per cent of people currently in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems, highlighting the increasing need for care homes to be supportive environments for people wit...

8 August 2017


The Clinical Effectiveness Group at Queen Mary University of London, one of our partners, has been successfully using online tools to improve care in a number of ways. In this case study, we hear about how it works and what it’s helped achieve in three East London boroughs. Three east London CCGs (City & Hack...

29 June 2017


Patients frequently move across different parts of the health service.  To ensure patient safety, it is vital that an accurate record of their medication is maintained and communicated appropriately. Medicines-related patient safety incidents are more likely when medicines reconciliation happens mor...

22 June 2017


In Newham there are just 53 GP practices to serve a growing population of over 300,000 patients. This presents a huge challenge to deliver high quality care with limited resources. UCLPartners and Newham Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to equip primary care staff in Newham with valu...

14 June 2017


The importance of an organisation’s culture has become more prominent in recent years following the publication of the Mid-Staffordshire Inquiry and the Berwick review and it is now accepted that healthy cultures are crucial to ensuring the delivery of high-quality patient care.  The Five Year Forward View (5YFV...

14 June 2017


In September 2016, the government announced funding totalling £816 million for ground-breaking research in the UK over five years. Funding was awarded to 20 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs); NHS and University partnerships, which host the development of ground-breaki...

14 June 2017


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and sight loss as a result of diabetes are serious and common eye conditions that affect more than 625,000 people in the UK and over 100 million people worldwide.  Treatment of these conditions puts a huge pressure on the NHS and this is increasing with more people living lon...

14 June 2017


Increasing demands on general practice have intensified in recent years as the NHS struggles to train and retain GPs who are managing heavier and more complex workloads. As the NHS moves towards new models of care based around care closer to home, many activities previously undertaken in hospital settings are now b...

14 June 2017


The education of health professionals is fundamental to achieving the scale and pace of change needed to address the healthcare challenges we are facing in England. Substantial changes in the population’s healthcare needs amid increasing financial pressures mean that the NHS workforce will need to adapt to delive...

14 June 2017


Eliminating unacceptable variations in health indicators and the outcomes of care, integrating care and finite resources around the needs of patients and populations, and realising the potential of new technologies and digital platforms, all require the adoption and spread of effective innovative practices. ...

13 June 2017


Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects around one and a half million people in the UK; 500,000 of whom are undiagnosed. It causes an irregular or abnormally fast heart rate and is estimated to be responsible for approximately 15-20% of all strokes nationally. It is estimated that more than half of AF-related strokes coul...

1 December 2016


Since joining the NHS Innovation Accelerator in 2015, 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 inherited d...

10 June 2016


Supporting partnership working to improve the lives of people with cancer and heart disease. Cancer and cardiovascular disease account for two thirds of all premature deaths before the age of 75 in London. To help address this, proposals were developed by clinical teams across the partnership, and supported by UCLPartner...