Urgent and emergency care
Safe and effective Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) is fundamental to healthcare delivery today and highly valued by the public. UEC must respond to changing healthcare needs in the population and how people access healthcare.
Our ARC's UEC Theme are looking to build on our collaborations with NHS providers, commissioners and users of UEC to address key national and local priorities and transform these into solutions that are locally and nationally appropriate and deliverable. Central to our working is our unique UEC linked database (CUREd) which allows key issues and priorities to be investigated across UEC services, following patient episodes from time of call to discharge from hospital.
We have 5 key workstreams which are focused on key UEC priorities, informed by priority setting exercises at a national level (details on the workstreams are below). The theme is led by Professor Suzanne Mason, at the University of Sheffield. The theme has a team of mixed methods health services researchers, statisticians and data specialists. We also have a number of PhD students as well as seconded clinicians collaborating on projects from different services across the region.
Challenges faced by the UEC
The UEC theme have produced an animation which details some of the challenges facing the UEC system and how they use their routine linked UEC dataset to address them.