As part of its commitment to providing better patient care, NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has revealed a strategy to improve research and the way that local healthcare services operate.
Since forming on 1 April 2013, NHS Tower Hamlets CCG has produced a plan that brings together the views of local GPs and other healthcare professionals working in the area. This will place increasing emphasis on the importance of using evidence gathered through research in all commissioning decisions. It will also focus on building on already strong partnerships with local academic communities and voluntary organisations to ensure that this research is responding to the genuine health needs of the area, as identified by local clinicians.
The NHS Tower Hamlets CCG research strategy has recently been published in the UK’s leading medical journal, Health Service Journal (HSJ). It is expected that this report can now be used by other CCGs across the country as a guide for developing research and evaluation policies.
Local GP, Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown, who is also research lead at NHS Tower Hamlets CCG, said:
“At NHS Tower Hamlets CCG, we believe that all of our commissioning decisions should be both evidence led and quality focused. We’re also keen to explore new opportunities for innovation which will be driven and supported by research and the feedback of healthcare professionals and patients. The new strategy reflects this and will be very much aimed at addressing local issues and aspiring to deliver the highest possible standards of care across the board. We’re confident that this approach will prove instrumental in enabling us to offer better healthcare services and to deliver real and tangible benefits to the people of Tower Hamlets.”