Imperial won £1.6M from a new £8.0M health informatics programme to enable the collaborative sharing of routinely collected NHS data to facilitate more effective clinical research.

Imperial is one of five NHS Trusts in England with the largest Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs), i.e. Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, University College London Hospitals and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, to be selected for this challenge by the Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies. The aim for this initiative is for the Trusts to collaborate and demonstrate how sharing of NHS clinical information held electronically, can facilitate more effective clinical research, and lead to benefits for patients and the public, researchers and NHS staff.

Facilitating this initiative for the College and Trust, the Imperial NIHR BRC will deliver IT capability to support the sharing and use of NHS data for research. Imperial will lead on Acute Coronary Syndrome and our experts will work together with the other BRCs involved in this programme on five scientific themes: acute coronary syndromes (led by John Chambers and Jamil Mayet), viral hepatology (led by Graham Cooke and Mark Thursz), ovarian cancer (led by Christina Fotopoulou and Hani Gabra), renal transplantation (led by Adam McLean and David Taube), and intensive care medicine (Led by Simon Ashworth and Stephen Brett).

Alongside these activities, the NIHR-HIC Programme will engage patients, the public and other stakeholders to agree an integrated governance framework that is flexible, proportionate, and serves to protect data confidentiality and uphold patient privacy at all times, while facilitating research.

The NIHR-HIC programme is managed through the AHSC Research Informatics Subcommittee chaired by Professor Paul Elliott, bringing together the ICHNT IT Department, Divisional Directors, the Caldicott Guardian, the Imperial tissue bank and the NIHR-HIC theme leaders to develop and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive  IT strategy for research across the AHSC.

NIHR-HIC is the beginning of the informatics infrastructure that will be required to deliver the MedCity research linkage across the five AHSCs in Southern England.  It is anticipated the new research informatics infrastructure will go live in September 2014.

This new initiative was publicly announced recently by Dame Sally. It follows the government’s ‘Plan for Growth’ which details a number of actions designed to promote the UK as a competitive global hub for life sciences.

 

For more information contact:

Roger Tatoud, PhD.
Senior Programme Manager
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
St Mary’s Campus – The Bays, 2nd Entrance
South Wharf Road
London W2 1NY UK
r.tatoud@imperial.ac.uk 020 3312 2560