Deteriorating Patient

UCLPartners has supported partner organisations to improve the quality and safety of care for deteriorating patients since 2014. This work supports the priorities of NHS organisations within our footprint, as well as being aligned to national efforts and the work of the Patient Safety Collaborative programme.

Our current and most recent programmes are:

Deteriorating Patient Network

The Deteriorating Patient Network brings together around 50 representatives from partner hospitals to collectively explore the challenges, opportunities and learning from work to improve the identification and management of deteriorating patients. A particular focus for the network is to support the implementation of NEWS2, the National Early Warning Score, as well as other ideas and innovations to improve outcomes for deteriorating patients.

RespiraSense Pilot

UCLPartners is supporting some of our partner hospitals to pilot RespiraSense – the world’s only continuous and motion-tolerant respiratory rate monitor which is supported through the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme. RespiraSense is designed to enhance the ability of clinical teams to more quickly identify patients whose condition is deteriorating. Find out more.

Paediatric Sepsis: Improving Recognition of Care

The Paediatric Sepsis: Improving Recognition and Care community brings together healthcare professionals and academics from acute, emergency and inpatient paediatric care from across and beyond London. Delivered in partnership with the Health Innovation Network South London (HIN), the community aims to address clinical, medical, cultural and social challenges unique to the needs of children at the risk of sepsis. Since it began in autumn 2017, more than 100 healthcare professionals from 30 organisations have come together to learn, debate and improve the care for children with sepsis.

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and Sepsis Improvement Collaboratives

Between 2015 and 2017 UCLPartners delivered the AKI and Sepsis Improvement Collaboratives. Using a quality improvement approach, clinical teams from 13 hospital trusts came together to test and adopt innovative ideas, improving the care provided to patients. Ideas that were implemented ranged from specialist nursing roles to designated equipment trolleys. The programmes resulted in the timelier recognition and follow up of patients diagnosed with these conditions, resulting in reduced patient deaths caused by acute kidney injury (AKI) and sepsis by 47% and 24% respectively. Learn more about this work.

Learning from Death Programme

UCLPartners supports acute, mental health and community trusts to undertake mortality reviews with the aim of improving their ability to review and learn from care provided to patients during their final stages of life. This work includes the coordinated approach to provide Structured Judgement Review training by the Royal College of Physicians, collaborative discussions and sharing learning.


If you would like to know more about any of this work, please contact John Illingworth, Head of Patient Safety, at and on 020 3108 2330, or email: