• Led by NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Bolton Council.
  • Will develop a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to data science, including analysts, clinicians and operational staff, which will help analytics to answer more clinically relevant questions.
  • Involves testing the approach with a number of local data science projects using existing data.
  • Will run from September 2018 to August 2019.

This project led by NHS Bolton CCG will test how best to integrate data science tools and techniques into business as usual across the CCG, foundation trust and council teams. This will involve the creation of a data science MDT, involving analysts, clinicians, and business intelligence and operational staff.

The project will include training and developing analytical staff across the locality in data science tools and techniques. It will involve a combination of new ways of working, skill set development, engagement with the wider organisations, and the creation of a range of data science projects to showcase the innovative approach.

To test the concept and improve staff skills, the team will embark on a collaboration project and a number of smaller proof of concept projects.

The main project will apply machine learning and predictive modelling techniques to a system-wide view of urgent and emergency care in Bolton. Using data science techniques and clustering methods to look for patients with similar characteristics and behaviours, the aim will be to produce actionable intelligence for operational staff and executives.

The smaller projects will include the continuation of existing work to look at the risk of hospital re-admissions in people aged over 70.

The project aims to shift the focus of analytical work from isolated responses to specific questions, to an MDT approach that helps to provide more useful answers to more clinically relevant questions using existing data.

Contact information

For more information on this project, contact Julie Ryan, Head of Business Intelligence, NHS Bolton CCG and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

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