12 January 2022
LCP has been shortlisted in the Best Healthcare Analytics Project for the NHS category in the 2022 HSJ Partnership Awards 2022.
LCP submitted an entry for the work the Health Analytics team has been doing with the Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust to quantify inequalities in waiting lists and model the impact of targeting patients with the greatest need. The results demonstrated that this approach improved patient outcomes, reduced health inequalities and positively contributed to economic and societal welfare.
Furthermore, this project demonstrated the potential for this approach across the country. Central to this analysis was LCP’s NHS Waiting List Tracker which enables fast, accessible visualisation of inequalities in waiting list numbers and times. The tool has been able to show waiting figures across England and make comparisons between health trusts.
LCP’s Health Analytics team is headed by epidemiologist Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard and was established in 2020.The team’s data-driven approach combines actuarial, statistical and machine learning expertise to bring to light the health needs of populations. It is committed to building a more comprehensive approach to capturing health impacts and costs of chronic diseases and their related conditions.
Rajiv Gogna, Project lead and Partner at LCP, said: ” We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. Addressing the wait list backlog is one of the greatest challenges facing the NHS, but must be done in tandem with reducing the widening inequalities in our healthcare system, which are threatening to leave vulnerable members of society behind. Our partnership with Northumbria demonstrated that it is possible to reduce the backlog and close inequality gaps at the same time, through a data driven and patient-centred approach.”
Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, commented: “Waiting lists are at an all time high as a result of the pandemic. Data can show the parts of the country that are under the most pressure and resources can then be targeted to tackle one of the largest crises now facing the NHS. These innovative approaches must be embraced to avoid worsening of existing health inequalities.”
The HSJ Partnership Awards judging is made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including Dr Matt Aiello (National Programmes Lead, Education Reform, Health Education England); Dr Elena Bechberger (National Programme Director – LVHC Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement); Claire Igoe (Head of Environmental Sustainability - Manchester University FT) and Vinice Thomas (Director of Nursing and Quality, NHS England and NHS Improvement).