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Partnership Press
November 2018

Improvement is a common theme that runs through our work, and this month we’ve been celebrating the positive impact focussing on improvement can have on patients and staff.

In Essex care homes, a programme we initiated to address safety issues facing residents has come to fruition. Simple yet effective changes to practice have made a huge difference, particularly in reducing falls. We’re thrilled that this improvement model is being adopted at scale across more than 150 care homes.

Working with three of our partner organisations, we’ve piloted an app enabling staff to share improvement ideas with leadership teams. Over the next year, we’ll be funding these partners to use the app, which we hope will boost both staff morale and high-quality patient care.

We’ve just announced the second cohort of our Aspiring Improvers programme, and have also launched a new initiative – Learning from Excellence. This is an approach to improving patient safety that celebrates excellent care and recognises the staff that deliver it. It has already had great success in Birmingham and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact it can have in our partnership.

Charlie Davie, Managing Director, UCLPartners 

BLOG: staff engagement app gives junior doctors at NELFT a voice

Three healthcare organisations in our partnership have successfully piloted ImproveWell, a smartphone app that encourages and enables healthcare staff on the frontline to make improvement suggestions for their workplace. Our latest blog is from Alana Ahmet, a junior doctor and psychiatric trainee at one of our pilot sites: North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Alana gives us the scoop on the practical and emotional impact of the pilot and gives us her verdict on whether an app really can increase 'Joy In Work' for junior doctors. 

Read Alana's blog

In other news 

Improving quality in care homes 

Lesley Cruickshank, Quality Innovation Manager at Essex County Council, describes how an innovative approach to improving care in care homes achieved positive results for staff and residents, gaining traction across the county.

Read Lesley's blog 

Learning from what goes well 

John Illingworth, Head of Patient Safety at UCLPartners, explores the barriers to patient safety and staff wellbeing, and asks if the answer lies in learning from examples or excellence, not error. 

Read John's blog

Review highlights strengths of specialist hospitals  

A new report by UCLPartners and the Innovation Agency outlines how high-performing specialist trusts have the potential to do more to benefit the wider NHS.

Find out more about the review

New cohort of Aspiring Improvers announced 

UCLPartners has selected 12 health and care professionals from organisations across North Central and East London to join the second round of our Aspiring Improvers programme. 

Meet the new Aspiring Improvers

Innovation surgeries

Our innovation surgeries are your chance to meet with industry leaders to have a confidential and fully subsidised 60 minute conversation about how to get your treatment or tech into the hands of healthcare professionals. 

Book yourself a place

Finding and creating joy in work 

With NHS staff reporting burnout and levels of staff sickness on the rise, Sophie Bulmer, Network Development Lead at UCLPartners, reflects on her learning from our recent event focusing on Joy in Work.

Read Sophie's blog

Alzheimer’s Society Accelerator Programme

As part of its new programme, Alzheimer’s Society is looking to fund innovations and inventions that could help people affected by dementia live better.

Organisation: Alzheimer's Society
Closes Tuesday 1 January 
Submit your innovation to Alzheimer's Society 


View more opportunities

Innovation spotlight


A monthly spotlight on innovations addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing our NHS.

This month we're highlighting an innovation that is helping to speed up patient referrals to specialist care providers.


The innovation, Medefer, is an advanced IT platform that has the capability to virtually triage patients (providing electronic advice and guidance) and deliver a consultant-led specialist outpatient service.  Medefer speeds up referrals to specialist care by 95% and delivers a 40% cost saving for the NHS. The product also produces a detailed report, including consultant response times, referral outcomes and provisional diagnosis so GPs can access advice on their patient's pathway much quicker.

Medefer is supported by DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator programme.


Read more about Medefer here


Bridging the Gap 2

Join Commercial Directors from across the AHSN Network for a range of talks, workshops, one to one advice sessions and networking opportunities at a fully subsidised event that's open to all health technology companies.

When: 12 December, 9am - 4.30pm
Where: Well Met Conferencing - Leeds 

Book your FREE place on Bridging the Gap 2

Learning from Death – Structured Judgement Review training day

In collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians and the National Mortality Case Record Review Programme, UCLPartners Patient Safety is offering Structured Judgement Review training to healthcare professionals.

When: 15 November, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Register for Learning from Death

View all our upcoming events
Job vacancies

Digital Communications Manager 

We are looking for a proactive individual with experience of creating compelling digital campaigns and managing websites to join our growing communications and engagement team.

Salary: £40,000 - £50,000
Closing date: 5 December 2018 - 23:59

Find out more about the Digital Communications Manager role


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