Twice successful in Health Foundation funding awards

Two innovative projects to improve healthcare in Tower Hamlets have won national funding.

The projects, both led by Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), have been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent health and health care charity, to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.

The sixth round of the programme is supporting 21 projects across the UK with the aim of improving how healthcare is delivered and the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services.

They include two projects developed by Tower Hamlets CCG and supported by the Clinical Effectiveness Group (CEG) at Queen Mary University of London.

The projects, which will both receive up to £75,000, are:

  • EQUiP (Enabling Quality Improvement in Practice) – Twenty six GP practices in Tower Hamlets are being supported to ‘work smarter’ by using live operational data to make the most efficient use of their staff and resources. The aim is to help practices become more resilient in dealing with growing workload pressures while continuing to provide high quality services to their patients. The programme has been running since 2016 and the Health Foundation funding will support embedded academic evaluation.
  • Development and evaluation of a ‘renal learning health system’ – GP practices in Tower Hamlets are working with the CEG and Barts Health NHS Trust to improve the identification and management of chronic kidney disease. Lab data in electronic health records is used to identify patients with renal problems who have not been diagnosed, and those at risk of rapid progression. Support is also given to practice teams to improve the way they manage kidney patients, and consultants can access GP records to provide management plans and record them in the GP notes. This provides a speedy service, with fewer patients needing to attend outpatient hospital appointments.

The funding provided by the Health Foundation will support the ongoing work taking place across Tower Hamlets to improve GP services and ensure that all patients in the borough have access to the high quality care they need, irrespective of where they live.

Two Tower Hamlets GP practices – East One in Deancross Street and Harford Health Centre in Harford Street – were both rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), this year, having both been rated ‘requires improvement’ following their previous inspections.

This follows the launch last year of a major quality improvement programme, led by Tower Hamlets CCG and supported by GPs and their practice teams, which has helped a number of local surgeries achieve ‘outstanding’ ratings from the CQC.

For more information on the two projects above, and the Innovating for Improvement programme, please visit the Health Foundation website by clicking on the link below: