June 17th CLAHRC NWL announced £320,000 Funding Awarded To Five New Research Driven Improvement Projects. September sees the launch of the five new quality improvement initiatives across NHS organisations in northwest London. 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 7 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.

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A project at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust aims to improve the experience of parents with babies in the neonatal unit, which can often be a stressful and traumatic time. The project will assess how directly sharing real-time clinical data with parents about their baby’s progress could improve communication and their involvement in their baby’s care.


Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust will bring healthcare professionals and service users together to create a project team to improve the physical health of people with severe and enduring mental health problems, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The team will implement a physical health assessment and decision-making tools to ensure that all patients are supported to reduce their risk of developing cardio-vascular disease and diabetes.


A gastroenterology team at London Northwest Healthcare NHS Trust will lead a project to design a model of care for monitoring Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) through the development of a clinical database.  The project has been developed on the basis that whilst it is known that monitoring of remission of IBD following treatment can often be done without the need for patients to attend hospital, yet this is rarely done, resulting in inconvenience for patients and the use of valuable outpatient appointments.

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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.

“It was a pleasure to meet them all…it was good to see so many at the training day and witness the energy and ambition they have for their projects. I look forward to working with them in the coming months” – Professor Derek Bell, CLAHRC NWL Programme Director.

The initial training day took place of the 21st September 2016 and second training day will take place on the 27th September 2016.

For more developments and news about the five research driven ‘CLAHRC NWL Round 7’ Improvement Projects subscribe and visit our blog in the near future.

For further details regarding these projects contact the Improvement Science Managers at CLAHRC NWL.

Susan Barber – s.barber@imperial.ac.uk

Wendy Carnegie – w.carnegie@imperial.ac.uk

Dionne Matthew –  d.matthew@imperial.ac.uk