Working in partnership to improve the healthcare of over six million people 

23/05/2013 00:00 

Millions of people in London and the south east will see improvements to their healthcare following the decision by NHS England to designate UCLPartners as an Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

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At UCLH we work in collaboration with colleagues in primary, secondary and tertiary care and alongside our academic colleagues as part of UCLPartners, an academic health partnership which includes some of the capital’s leading hospital trusts and universities. 
Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “This is excellent news for us at UCLH. Being part of UCLPartners’ Academic Health Science Network means thinking as a system, not as an individual trust. We can work more closely with our clinical and academic partners, drawing on the highly skilled and committed staff across our organisations. It’s a fantastic opportunity to give our populations the healthcare they deserve.”

This new way of organising care across the country will enable academics, healthcare professionals and industry to work together to speed up delivery of cutting edge medical research into routine practice in the NHS. The result will be lives saved and a boost to the UK economy as inventors and industry join forces to develop new medical technologies for the benefit of patients.

UCLPartners is the only AHSN that is already delivering quality improvements to healthcare at scale. It is also one of the largest in the country serving a diverse population – over six million people in north east and north central London, south and west Hertfordshire, south Bedfordshire and south west and mid Essex.

Professor David Fish, Managing Director of UCLPartners, said: “We have some of the country’s leading experts within our general practices, hospitals, community health providers and universities. Together we can achieve greater benefits than are possible when organisations or individuals work in isolation. Our ambition is to improve patient care and make better use of innovation and research to drive economic benefits for the population we serve.”

Building on a strong foundation
Established in 2009 as an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC), UCLPartners created an environment for clinicians and academics working in some of the UK’s leading hospitals and universities to collaborate to deliver world class standards of clinical and academic outcomes. Becoming an AHSN is a natural progression, and can help achieve greater benefits than are possible when organisations or individuals work in isolation.

An integrated approach to healthcare
Through a more joined up approach to healthcare, UCLPartners is already delivering direct benefits to patients and their families. One example is a partnership approach to reducing cardiac arrests among patients in hospital. A network of clinicians from 15 hospitals is sharing best practice in how to identify early signs of deterioration among patients in hospital. This initiative has halved the number of cardiac arrests on wards in some hospitals.

Next steps
UCLPartners is now building on its achievement to roll out programmes in areas that account for over 80 per cent of premature mortality and current healthcare spend: cancer, cardiovascular, mental health, supporting patients with multiple health issues and addressing the needs of people as they progress through life from birth to childhood and adolescence. These plans will be co-developed by staff across the partnership.

For further information visit the UCLPartners website.



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