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The interface between research and health care: implementing evidence in Northwest London

In September 2016, five new quality improvement initiatives were launched across NHS organisations in Northwest London supported by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). The CLAHRC NWL programme undertakes research to develop and evaluate strategies for implementing research evidence through the use of quality improvement (QI) to improve outcomes and experience for patients.

The projects include collaborations with a range of organisations in Northwest London, building on seven years of experience of the CLAHRC programme in delivering improvement projects. Clinical teams at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have developed two of the projects. One project will work with patients to develop and deliver patient-centred protocols for the delivery of non-invasive ventilation, an evidence-based treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It is hoped that enhanced patient-centred protocols will improve outcomes and experience for patients. The second project will look to develop and evaluate new ways of providing services for patients with wrist fractures. The multi-professional orthopaedic team will develop a virtual fracture clinic and on-line education resources for both patients and clinicians.

The new projects will work with CLAHRC NWL researchers and QI experts to use a range of methods to explore and understand local clinical problems and identify evidence-based solutions. It is hoped that by implementing and test these solutions locally that new evidence can be generated about ‘what works’ and improve outcomes for patients in Northwest London and beyond.

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