A team of Reading based health care data analysts have clinched a £75,000 national award to carry out ground breaking analytics into the care of patients with pressure ulcers which, if not properly managed, can be life threatening.
The Informatics team from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust are working in partnership with counterparts at the University of Reading on the project. The grant is from the Health Foundation charity and will fund the work for 13 months.
The teams hope that by using clinical care and pathway data from the hospital electronic records, they can improve the clinical outcome and shorten the length of time someone needs to stay in hospital.
They will study the risk of patients developing pressure ulcers and set up an analytical framework which will pull together a raft of data to help understand variation in patient care and the impact on outcome, this would lead to improved care and wider understanding of the pathway.
And whilst this project is focussed on pressure ulcers, the team hopes their framework will prove useful to clinicians dealing with other health care areas in the future.
The study is one of ten across the UK to receive a funding boost from the Health Foundation as part of its Advancing Applied Analytics programme. This is aimed at showing the importance and value of improving analytical capability in health and care.
For the first time, this round of the programme will be supported by NHSX, which is driving digital, analytical and tech maturity in local NHS organisations. NHSX will provide support to the project teams to help them deliver sustained improvement and spread innovation across health and social care.
Eghosa Bazuaye, Associate Director of Informatics at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Royal Berkshire Hospital has been on an exciting digital journey over the last few years, and this programme offers a great opportunity to gain further value from our increasing wealth of electronic data by showing the potential and benefit of using analytics to directly improve the care and outcome of our patients.”
Ellen Coughlan, Programme Manager at the Health Foundation, said: “Analysis can help shape care for individual patients, as well as inform decisions for services or across organisations and health systems.
“Our Advancing Applied Analytics programme aims to increase capability and capacity with regards to analytics. The 10 projects we have selected will demonstrate how better analysis can lead to better patient care.”
Dr Sarah Culkin, head of analytics at NHSX, said: “At NHSX we want to encourage the use of analytics across the NHS and social care as we know it can help local organisations plan and provide better services for their patients and staff.
“The ten successful projects could each bring huge benefits to the NHS and social care and we look forward to supporting teams as their work progresses.”