We are driving a culture of evidence-led healthcare so that clinicians, commissioners and management can make informed and better decisions and thereby provide the highest levels of patient care and ensure value for money when buying products and services. Universities have a vital role to generate this evidence through their research which can then be used across our healthcare community.
One example is our work with the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2) and the University of Bath to assess the impacts of Atrial Fibrillation management on health and social care systems.
We are working together to develop a toolkit for local commissioners to help shape anti-coagulation and stroke prevention services and improve outcomes for patients.
We also are using this approach in our own work, by working with universities from Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and West of England to evaluate our activity. Led by a team of PhD students, this research looks at the impact of our work on patients, the speed and spread of innovation within the NHS, the level of partnership working and business growth.
The five year study will examine our work in the areas of evidence-based commissioning, patient involvement and healthcare innovation. The results of this work will be shared locally and nationally to inform best practice.