South-West Partnership will utilise data to improve and integrate care

Posted : May 11, 2020 - /

A new partnership led by the University of Bristol that will join up data and improve patient care in the South West has been announced by the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK). The HDR UK Better Care South-West Partnership is being awarded £1.2 million over three years to drive forward data-led research projects and join up the region’s considerable health data expertise.

The partnership is a collaboration of health and social care providers with the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath. Key healthcare partners include Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, South Central and West Commissioning Support Unit, North Bristol NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. It aims to address real-world health problems using the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) system-wide health and social care dataset, which is one of the largest linked health data sets in the UK. Enabling this joined-up approach is especially vital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new initiative represents a step forward in using advanced analytics to benefit patients and partner organisations. The partnership will lead on five data-driven projects, including personalised scores to reduce rates of unplanned admissions to intensive care, and optimised choice of antibiotics based on patients’ individual history.

All the partnership’s steering groups will include members of the public, drawn from a group of ‘digital critical friends’. These are members of the public who have participated in training developed by People in Health West of England (PHWE) and Bristol Health Partners, on digital health and the uses of data.

Big data research can help to create personalised care, which means patients can access appropriate support when they need it most. This is particularly relevant for vulnerable patients and those with complex circumstances. The collaborative approach this project advocates opens the door for many exciting and efficient data driven healthcare pathways to be created

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