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September 2017 - Just released!! New animation.
Systems Thinking - A New Direction in Healthcare Incident Investigation

Thomas JunThis animation funded through The Evidence into Practice programme is now available here.

The funding enabled the team to work with LIIPS and Cogni+ive Media (producer of RSA Animate and BBC History of Ideas series) to produce a hand-drawn animation film to accelerate the use of systems thinking in healthcare incident investigation.Patrick Waterson

The Health Foundation awarded Thomas Jun and Patrick Waterson at Loughborough University one of eight new awards in its new Evidence into Practice programme.

The Evidence into Practice programme aims to support improvement research to make a difference in practice and is designed to help research teams bridge the gap from academic research findings, to actionable information for people practicing in the field.

To learn more about the project please visit the Health Foundation website. This work is supported by LIIPS.

August 2017 - Leicester’s Hospitals wins innovation award to improve quality of health care

A team from Leicester’s Hospitals has 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 innovative project from Leicester’s Hospitals is called ‘Optimising the treatment of MRSA through the use of computer models to personalise vancomycin dosing’. MRSA is a bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. It is a cause of sepsis, which can be fatal if not treated correctly. The antibiotic, vancomycin, can be used to treat it, but getting the correct levels in the blood can be difficult in critically ill patients and using the using the current ‘one-size-fits-all’ dose risks treatment failure.

This project will implement a new approach whereby the dose of antibiotic is personalised to each patient using Dr Mullacomputer models created from large scale clinical information collected from previously treated patients.

The team will be led by Dr Hussain Mulla, Senior Clinical Pharmacist at Leicester’s Hospitals.

Dr Mulla said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from The Health Foundation for a very important project. Personalised dosing is a crucial component of the Precision Medicine initiative, and this project will assess whether personalised dosing of antibiotics, which has enormous potential to improve outcomes, can be successfully implemented at the bed-side as part of routine clinical practice.”

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