Primary care domestic violence programme (IRIS)

Led by Queen Mary, University of London, this project focused on domestic violence and how the NHS, particularly in primary care, can better respond to it. The project used a randomised control trial and tested educational support for 48 general practices in Bristol and east London.

Improving the quality of mental health in schools (QUEST)

Led by the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, this project focused on mental health problems in children and young people, who often don’t seek help from GPs or primary care, identifying school nurses as the key to improving identification of children affected. Results showed the pro...

Improving the management of back pain (LIMBIC)

South west England
Led by Bournemouth University and partnered by BackCare, NHS Bournemouth and Poole, NHS Wiltshire, and the Institute of Musculoskeletal Research and Clinical Implementation, this project focused on back pain and addressing the inconsistencies in treatment across primary care. The team worked with...

Implementing evidence-based primary care for back pain (IMPACT BACK)

North west England
Led by The North Staffordshire and Cheshire Primary Care Research and Development Consortium, this project focused on back pain and identifying the most appropriate treatment for different types of patient. The techniques developed were implemented and tested in GP practices and community physiot...

Equity, ethnicity and expert patients (EQUITY)

Led by The Clinical Effectiveness Group, Centre for Health Science, Queen Mary University of London, working with Tower Hamlets PCT, Social Action for Health, and City University London, this project focused on three disease areas which contribute most to poor health in Tower Hamlets – diabetes, ...

A whole system approach to quality improvement (QUALITY MK)

South east England
Led by NHS Milton Keynes, this project aimed to ensure effective practice-based commissioning, ensuring it is primary care led, patient-focused and evidence-based. They found that a high level of engagement with the public held real benefits, with people being able to see the changes their input ...

Improving Management in Gastroenterology (IMAGE)

Led by CORE: The Digestive Orders Foundation with a range of expert partners, this project aimed at ensuring patients receive the most appropriate advice and tests as well as access to secondary care advice for gastrointestinal disorders. The team focused on developing evidence-based guidelines f...

Resources for effective sleep treatment (REST)

This project, led by West Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, focused on sleep treatment and encouraging treatment options other than prescribed sleeping pills. The team analysed prescribing data, surveys and focus groups to understand the problem of sleep management and used a range of methods to i...

Quality improvement in chronic kidney disease

This project, led by St George’s, University of London and Kidney Research UK, focused on helping GPs identify and manage patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a long-standing clinical problem affecting many patients. The team used three different quality improvement techniques and a progra...