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...

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...

Partnering for improvement

Research aims to study partnering arrangements between and within NHS trusts in order to improve the quality of services. Led by Robin Miller, Senior Fellow & Dr Ross Millar, Lecturer at Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham. The resear...

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...

Management of advanced chronic liver disease in a hospice setting – a shared care strategy

South east England
Run by St Luke's Hospice in partnership with Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Focusing on liver disease management in the community/hospice setting in South West Essex. Aiming to improve care for people with advanced chronic liver disease by ensuring early a...

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...

Designing and testing ‘always event’ and person-centredness concepts in multiple care settings

Scotland
Run by NHS Lanarkshire, in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland. A multi-setting project – acute, primary and hospice. ‘Always events’ (AEs) are actions and behaviours that create a satisfactory patient experience. Will introduce health care teams to the concepts of AE and person-...

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