About research and evidence

There is a wealth of evidence based practice to help us improve our work. However, there remains a need for robust evaluation, embedded from the outset, so that we can demonstrate our positive impact. We must routinely capture and analyse data which accurately measures the impact of our work. In research, education and practice, clear outcome measures will give us a greater understanding of what we achieve and the public a greater understanding of our role.

Commitment 7 states: we will lead and drive research to evidence the impact of what we do.

We have committed to:

  • Celebrating and showcasing achievement and success.
  • Building competence and capability to identify and address unwarranted variation.
  • Using the relevant metrics and outcome measures, to increase productivity and efficiency whilst driving up quality.
  • Sharing our findings both nationally and internationally.

Our key messages are to:

  • Use learning from our research to innovate and improve care and demonstrate our contribution and value.
  • Recognise the value of collecting data electronically where possible at the point of care using modern technologies.
  • Establish international partnerships to mutually support learning on global best practice.
  • Participate in networks that will help drive the uptake of innovation across the sectors such as Academic Health Science Networks.

Work progressing:

We are working with academic and practice partners to identify and progress opportunities to develop and create a Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV) national research portfolio to reduce unwarranted variation in practice and in doing so start to build and demonstrate an underpinning evidence base.

The national research portfolio of unwarranted variation in practice will be complementary to the Atlas of Shared Learning with a collection of videos and written case studies culminating from innovation projects underpinned by the LCAV framework

Further to this is highlighting national research priorities on supporting nursing, midwifery and care staff to identify, address and reduce unwarranted variation in practice.”

University College London Hospitals – The Exemplar Ward programme

University College London Hospitals (UCLH) have developed an Exemplar Ward programme that is designed to support clinical teams to implement standard processes, reduce unwarranted variation and deliver local quality improvement initiatives in their wards and departments. Data packs and monthly trend reports allow staff to view at a glance how their ward is performing, identifying what is being done well and what needs to improve.

UCLH are aiming to move from reactive use of information towards a more proactive and preventative approach to its use, ensuring that patients receive quality care at all times and that staff work in a culture that supports and motivates them to engage in continuous improvement.