As part of the National Institute for Health Research, we use the skills, knowledge and expertise of researchers, health and social care professionals, managers, commissioners and patients to conduct high quality research projects to find new ways of improving healthcare. Our aim is to ensure the results of the research are translated quickly and effectively into benefits for patients, the wider NHS and social care.

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  • 01-2019

    & Early Years

    J.O. Warner OBE MD FRCP FRCPCH FMedSci, academic lead for our Early Years theme and Professor of Paediatrics Imperial College.

    "The NHS Long-term plan published in January 2019 emphasises the need to move towards the creation of “Integrated Care Systems” involving coordination between multiple agencies including; primary and specialist care, physical and mental health services, and health with social care. NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London’s Early Years theme’s research over the last 10 years has developed and implemented integrated care pathways for children with allergic disease and sickle-cell disease. Working with patients and carers we have developed disease specific Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) which have been used to guide quality improvement initiatives.

    The plan also focuses on early life often now known as the first 1000 days from conception to 2 years of age. While the main emphasis in the long-term plan is on mental health this period of early life offers many opportunities for prevention and early intervention to influence long term health outcomes and need for medical care. Our early year’s theme aims to “Promote a healthy start for lifelong health and wellbeing.”  We are researching health education programmes for expectant parents to improve immunisation up-take; breast feeding; recognition and home management of minor illness. Other studies are improving management of pregnancies of unknown origin; involving parents in the management of their infants while in neonatal intensive care; trialling interventions for maternal anxiety in pregnancy and strategies to improve pathways of management for preschool children with common acute problems."
    Posted 24 Jan 2019, 05:41 by Cherelle Augustine
  • 01-2019

    & CLAHRC

    The NHS Long Term Plan builds upon all the quality improvement work that continues to be developed by individuals working across the health and social care sector.

    Professor Derek Bell OBE, Director of NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London, remarked:

    “I welcome the NHS Long Term Plan’s balanced portfolio of service improvement that reflects the needs of the population and 
    individuals. The focus on prevention and mental health is also welcome. NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London has been working on many of the areas highlighted in the NHS plan including:
    • Improving rapid access to heart failure nurses so that more patients with heart failure, who are not on a cardiology ward, will receive specialist care and advice: Development of the Heart Failure Project
    • Improving early diagnosis in the community: testing for Atrial Fibrillation Screening Project
    • Improving Mental Health Services: SHINE Project (improving the physical health of people with serve mental illness)
    • Supporting patients with alcohol dependence in hospital: Alcohol Care Bundle Project
    • Supporting parents whose babies are on the neonatal unit: Better Use of Data to improve parent Satisfaction (BUDS) project (to improve communication between parents and healthcare professionals in neonatal units)."
    Posted 24 Jan 2019, 03:10 by Cherelle Augustine
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