Improving efficiency by building behavioural insights into an innovative NHS procurement portal

Exploring how behavioural insights can be applied to an online procurement system, to generate cost savings without compromising quality. The project team will test how messages and prompts can be used throughout the buying process to encourage efficient and effective purchasing decisions. L...

OpenPrescribing: using GP prescriptions data to reduce wasteful prescribing

The project team is drawing on behavioural insights to design a range of approaches for encouraging GPs and practice managers to engage with the prescriptions data available on the OpenPrescribing website. They will test methods including peer comparison tools, cost savings calculators, feedba...

Environmental engineering to increase hand hygiene compliance

Examining how simple changes in the hand washing areas of hospital wards can subconscious influence people to follow good hand hygiene practice. The study will test the effect that two triggers – a smell and an image – have on hand washing compliance on four hospital wards. Led by Warwick Bu...

BLUEPRINTS: Does targeted parental education reduce non-urgent paediatric emergency department and urgent care centre reattendance?

This project will use insights from behavioural science to design a new intervention for families that have attended PED or UCC with a non-urgent healthcare concern.

Does feedback on cost or radiation dose for common diagnostic tests modify demand in a busy district general hospital?

Examines whether providing feedback to clinicians about the cost of commonly used blood tests and CT scans is an effective way to reduce unnecessary demand for diagnostic tests. The research will also explore whether providing information about radiation exposure from CT scans and the associat...

Improving tracheostomy care: National quality improvement programme

North west England
Run by The Royal College of Anaesthetists, in partnership with the National Tracheostomy Safety Project, the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative and University Hospital South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, and others. A national initiative to improve care for tracheostomy patients. Will in...

Optimisation of the adrenal incidentaloma patient management pathway

Midlands
Run by University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, in partnership with the University Hospital of South Manchester and the Health Services Research Unit at Keele University. Focusing on patients with adrenal incidentalomas (AIs) in the acute setting. Aiming to manage patients with AI...

Peri-operative medicine service for high-risk surgery: implementation pilot (POM-SHIP)

London
Run by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Focusing on surgical patients in the acute hospital. Aiming to reduce post-operative complications and improve quality of life for high-risk surgical patients. Features the development and implementation of a peri-operative...

Using electronic data to identify bottlenecks in secondary care at weekends and improve patient flow

Midlands
Run by Royal Derby Hospital, in partnership with the University of Nottingham. Focused on patients being treated in secondary care during weekends. Aiming to remove weekend bottlenecks on medical wards at the acute hospital and so improve patient flow.   Will embed a clinical epidemiolog...

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