Our work

Our members are translating cutting edge research and innovation into measurable health improvement and wealth creation for patients and populations through a portfolio of programmes and cross-cutting themes.

UCLPartners' top five headline achievements

Saving lives

Supported the partners to reduce cardiac arrests in hospitals by up to 50%.

Reducing strokes

Introducing a preventative strategy across the whole partnership could prevent 700 strokes each year and save over 200 lives. Our early work over a six month period in just one borough, Camden, has resulted in 131 more people with atrial fibrillation now taking appropriate anticoagulation drugs. Using the learning from this work, we have an opportunity to roll out similar interventions across a further 19 boroughs in the partnership. This could result in over 2,500 extra people with atrial fibrillation using appropriate therapy. 

Building capability among staff

Enabled the partners to train over 13,000 staff to improve care for patients with dementia. In a survey, 96% of trainees feel they are practising differently as a result of the training.

Giving patients access to life-saving treatments and technologies

Sped up approvals for clinical trials across the partnership, attracting industry partners to invest in research in the region.

Preventing disease and diagnosing early

Focused on where we can make the most impact for patients with, or at risk of, heart disease and cancer with the aim of saving over 1,000 lives each year.

Working as a partnership, rather than working autonomously as individual higher education institutions and NHS organisations, allows our partnership members to pool their strengths. It provides them with the foundation to create measurable health and wealth gain, driving healthcare improvement at scale across the partnership (not just in their own locality) through delivering continuously better outcomes that matter most to patients.

Our work

Our portfolio of programmes is determined by the needs of our population, the strengths of our members and the requirements of our partnership's designated roles as an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC), Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), NIHR Clinical Research Network, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) and Education Lead Provider.

Intersecting our programmes are the cross-cutting themes of clinical quality and value, education, informatics, innovation, research and wealth creation, which are led by a central UCLPartners team who work with and support our programme directors on targeted projects within our programmes.

We are pioneering in our approach as we are the only partnership to fully integrate these designated roles at every level, and use a relentless patient-led, population focused model to enable delivery.  Clinical and academic members are working in partnership across organisational boundaries to a much greater extent than ever before, recognising the unique opportunity to achieve the best clinical outcomes for patients.

At UCLPartners we work in partnership with a wide range of organisations and individuals to co-create and develop improvements for patients and populations. To do so we engage with people across the healthcare landscape, including patient groups, commissioners, primary care, community care, acute and mental health providers, the third sector, government and industry. In partnership with Health Education North Central and East London (HE NCEL), we also contribute to a members and stakeholders’ council to gain feedback on our work and future direction.

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For example, the Deteriorating Patient Collaborative is the first formal quality improvement learning project across the partnership. It was set up in December 2010 to reduce avoidable cardiac arrests in the hospitals in our area. Starting as a collaboration between six NHS trusts in north central London, the project now includes 15 NHS trusts.