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North West Coast

The Connected Health Cities pilot project in the North West Coast is being delivered by the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the area.

We are one of 15 AHSNs set up by NHS England to act as catalysts for the spread of innovation; connecting businesses, NHS, academia, local authorities, third sector and other organisations to improve health and generate economic growth.

Dr Liz Mear, Director of the North West Coast CHC provides an overview of how they are using data to re-design services for the benefit of patients in the north west coast.

Our aims through Connected Health Cities are to:

  • Support the development and delivery of innovative information models and algorithms to front line staff in timely ways that enable them to and develop and monitor new and/or more effective pathways
  • Develop models for connecting and engaging people with expertise and experience from across the health, social, local government, voluntary, commercial and public sectors to turn data into information into knowledge
  • Harness the power of data by collecting, linking and collating data from health and social care and eventually also from a wide range of other sources – by putting in place the permissions and systems needed to enable novel uses of data to transform care
  • Support industry, academia and others in using data that both improves understanding of health care efficiency and effectiveness but also enables new techniques, ideas and organisational forms to be tested.
  • Create a sharing environment that enlists the trust, and active involvement, of NWC citizens

By connecting the information and knowledge held by the NHS, social care and other local authority services, systems can be planned and delivered more effectively. In the North West Coast, this exciting programme is being delivered by a core group of organisations:

  • The Innovation Agency North West Coast;
  • AIMEs Grid Services, a community interest company providing a data centre;
  • The University of Liverpool;
  • Lancaster University;

We will also be involving clinical colleagues across the NHS.

We are also developing a structured programme of patient and public involvement, which includes the setting up of a ‘Senate’ of interested citizens and patients who will help to inform new pathways in relation to alcohol and unplanned care.

In the first instance, we will be developing our approaches in preventing and treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and alcohol related illnesses.

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Public Engagement and Involvement

Here are a few examples of how we are involving patients and the public in our research

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