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 computer models created from large scale clinical information collected from previously treated patients.
Over the course of the programme the team will develop its innovative idea and approach, put it into practice and gather evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of health care.
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.”
Sarah Henderson, Associate Director from the Health Foundation, said: “We are very excited to be working with such high-calibre teams, who all have great innovative ideas. We are keen to support innovation at the frontline across all sectors of health and care services, and I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their ideas over the next year.
“Our aim is to promote the effectiveness and impact of the teams’ innovations and show how they have succeeded in improving the quality of health care, with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK.”
The programme will run for fifteen months and each project will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project.
The sixth round of the Innovating for Improvement programme is supporting 21 health care projects across the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services.
Contact at Leicester’s Hospitals
Rachael Dowling, Research Communications Manager
T: 0116 258 4971
Contact at the Health Foundation:
Rowena Vassallo, Marketing and Communications Officer
T: 020 7257 8000
Find out more about the Innovating for Improvement programme: http://www.health.org.uk/programmes/innovating-improvement
About the Health Foundation
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Our aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality health care that can be equitably accessed. We learn what works to make people’s lives healthier and improve the health care system. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, we shine a light on how to make successful change happen.
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