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University of Bath joins new LEAP digital health hub for South West England and Wales

11 March 2024

A consortium of universities from across the South West of England and Wales have come together to form a brand new Digital Health Hub which will elevate the region’s digital health capability through leadership, engagement, acceleration and partnership (LEAP).

Read more about the partnership here

Patients who miss multiple GP appointments stay missing from healthcare

3 August 2021

New research from Dr David Ellis shows that patients who miss multiple GP appointments do not in fact seek help from the Emergency Department, as previously expected. In this study David tracked multiple people across the health service to produce these surprising findings. The team's previous work showed a clear link between missing GP appointments and early death, so this latest study further fills in a worrying picture. Due to this link with early death, David and his colleagues recommend more focus on identifying patients at high risk of missingness, in order to take steps to ensure that they attend their appointment.
Read more about the research here

Professor Güneş Erdoğan receives grant to find best ways to distribute and administer Covid-19 vaccines

23 June 2021

The Covid 19 crisis has put healthcare systems under enormous pressure. This won't be alleviated until a vaccine is rolled out across the world. Professor Güneş Erdoğan has received a grant to continue his research, which aims to develop location, routing and prioritisation/allocation models to distribute and administer vaccines among the population in an efficient, timely and fair way. The project was launched in April 2021 and will run until the end of March 2023.
Read more about this grant here

A new study from CHI2 shows how 'reverse-triaging' Covid 19 patients can reduce 'life years' lost

11 February 2021

Intensive care units have been under immense pressure since the pandemic began. Researchers across the country have been trying to find ways to relieve the strain so that the NHS isn't overwhelmed. Professor Christos Vasilakis and colleagues used computer modelling to assess different triage strategies for Covid 19 patients. They found that they could reduce "life years" lost by 12% by prioritising those with better prognoses, rather than employing a "first come, first serve" approach.
Read more about the study here

Free online course empowers individuals to improve NHS

2 January 2019

Professor Christos Vasilakis and colleagues reflect on the impact of their ongoing Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Quality Improvement (QI) in Healthcare and the evaluation study they will be running during the next run of the course, which starts 20 January 2020. Read more about the course and the study here

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Free online course empowers individuals to improve NHS

2 January 2017

A free online course is aiming to give people in health and social care organisations the skills and confidence to improve the quality of healthcare provision. Quality Improvement in Healthcare is offered by the University of Bath in partnership with the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) through FutureLearn - the UK’s leading organisation for the provision of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Sign up for the course here

Funding from West of England Academic Health Science Network

1 February 2015

The Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2) colleagues Dr Jens Roehrich and Dr Steve Conway have received funding from West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) for a 3.5 year research project, to evidence the value of the WEAHSN. The project, conducted by the Bath team, will be an applied, empirically driven piece of research, investigating innovation networks within health sector supply chains spanning both public and private boundaries.

Official launch of the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement

22 January 2015

On Thursday 22 January 2015, the School of Management welcomed over 100 special guests to the launch of its latest research centre, the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2). Read more

ESRC grant to investigate the changing landscape of public audit

1 December 2014

Congratulations to Margaret Greenwood, who has been awarded a three-year ESRC grant to investigate the changing landscape of public audit. Margaret says: "It was fantastic news to learn of the grant award and I’m very much looking forward to starting the project in earnest. I would like to thank the many stakeholders who have sustained an interest in the project and agreed to support it with their time and other resources." The award was made under a competitive scheme in which six bids were submitted, across all social science subjects, for each available award.

Case study published on CHI2 director's research

10 October 2014

The Public Engagement Unit at the University of Bath has published a case study of the research conducted by the director of CHI2. Christos' research focuses on how mathematical modelling and computer simulation techniques can resolve healthcare delivery problems. He collaborates with health and social care managers and professionals to identify and tackle challenges in the sector. Read the case study

Research to improve on the health challenges in seven day hospital care

26 June 2014

The lottery of patient prognosis, determined by the time of day and day of the week that a patient is admitted to hospital, is to be challenged thanks to a research collaboration between researchers at Bath and the city's Royal United Hospital (RUH). Read more

Mixed results from public-private partnerships

18 June 2014

Dr Jens Roehrich, alongside Professor James Barlow of Imperial College London and Executive Director of the European Centre for Health Assets and Architecture Steve Wright, were recently interviewed by the Journal de Montréal about their research into public-private partnerships (PPP) for building and managing healthcare facilities and services. Read more

Are public-private partnerships a healthy option?

1 June 2014

The centre’s associates Jens Roehrich and Mike Lewis, alongside Professor Gerry George from Imperial College Business School, recently published a comprehensive and systematic literature analysis of public-private partnership (PPP) studies. Governments around the world, but especially in Europe, have increasingly used private sector involvement in developing, financing and providing public health infrastructure and service delivery through PPPs. Read more

University project features on Government website

23 July 2013

Research from the University has been featured in the 2013 Parliamentary report on Research & Development in assistive technology on the Department of Health website. The report describes the wide-ranging government-funded projects supporting assistive technology that may increase the independence or wellbeing of disabled and older people. Read more

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