We help to turn innovation ideas into practice at a local level.  We work in partnership with organisations across our geography, co-designing programmes to meet the needs of local populations.

Our programmes take the unique approach of bringing together leading clinical and academic experts. We are rigorous in our assessment of patient and population level impacts and know that effective change and quality improvement must be demand led, clinically owned and evidence based.

Our support to the local system uses a facilitative, project based approach to support improvements for whole populations based on locality models. We build strong relationships with our partners and work collaboratively to help shape new models of care, build capability and capacity, and improve service delivery, care and outcomes for patients. Our portfolio of programmes and projects focuses on national and local priorities and we are building a suite of resources that can be used widely to support new care models. We are working closely with the Sustainability and Transformation Planning teams across our partnership to ensure we support the delivery of their priority areas.

Primary care

Through our primary care development programme we are supporting our partners to develop their local primary care strategy and implementation plans whilst fostering partnership working across general practice, community, mental health, pharmacy, secondary care and social care.

Our current programmes include:

Child health, maternity and neonatal

Our child health, maternity and neonatal programmes are focused on improving the care and outcomes for mothers and babies, children and young people.

Our current work includes:

Multi-disciplinary care for residents in care homes

UCLPartners has supported ‘Health 1000’, a pilot scheme that provides residents of nursing homes with designated GP and specialist geriatrics access within a multi-disciplinary team, since inception in 2014. The scheme aimed to improve residents’ experiences of care and reduce unplanned hospital admissions.

The scheme was chaired by UCLPartners’ former Chairman, Sir Cyril Chantler, and was designed by a team of experts, including UCLPartners’ Clinical Academic Lead, Professor Mike Roberts. It supported four care homes in Barking and Dagenham and Havering and Redbridge.

As a result of Health 1000, the care homes piloting the scheme saw:

  • A 36% reduction in emergency hospital admissions
  • A 53% fall in bed days where residents were admitted to hospital
  • Improved access to GPs and clinical advice for staff

On the back of the successful pilot, Barking and Dagenham and Havering and Redbridge plan to commission the service for all 39 nursing homes in the three boroughs by 2019.

Read the Nuffield Trust evaluation of Health 1000 here

End of life care

Our end of life care programme aims to develop and deliver innovative educational material to train clinical and non-clinical staff in the delivery of high quality end of life care. Read more about our work here.



Atrial fibrillation programme

Our AF programme aims to support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to lead local improvements to the pathway of care for AF patients, prevent AF-related strokes and associated mortality, and realise savings. Read more about the AF Programme here.

National cardiac audit programme

The National Cardiac Audit Programme consists of six cardiac audits covering adult heart surgery, angioplasty, heart attacks, heart failure, cardiac rhythm management and congenital heart disease .The overall objective of the cardiac audits is to provide information to enable those who receive, deliver and commission healthcare to measure and improve services. UCLPartners is partnering with Barts Health NHS Trust and the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) to support the production of reports and outputs that can drive quality improvement at locally and nationally.


Programme leadership

Ruth Frost, Head of Primary and Community Care Programmes