Our Impact

Our impact so far illustrates our success in improving the health of the people of Wessex and the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.


CLAHRC Wessex research teams continue valuable work right through to October 2019

4 June 2018

It's an exciting
time for the research teams working at the CLAHRC Wessex. With more than 80
research projects completed or near completion the teams have been given
further funding to work on a further 17 news research studies until Autumn

These projects
combine the expertise and experience of our researchers working across the
University of Southampton and the NHS.

Research into
ageing and dementia is looking at how online and digital guides, tools and
information can help with improving diagnosis and care for people with
dementia. Teams are also examining how other people with long term neurological
conditions can benefit from care plans linked to their digital health records.

Following on from
the success of mealtime volunteers supporting older patients in Southampton
General Hospital, researchers led by Professor Helen Roberts are developing a
tool kit to help other hospitals recruit volunteers and run a similar

Our team working
on how to improve the fundamental care of people in hospital are continuing
their examination of the factors that influence medical staff and the care of
patients. The team aims to share that information across the NHS to help better
understand how to improve care for people.

Respiratory specialists are working with academics and our data science team to assess if an app and online tool called MyMHealth can be used successfully across the Wessex region and England to help people manage their long term or chronic health condition. The tool is being used to help people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - a debilitating lung condition), asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Starting in Southampton with 200,000 people it will then spread across the region and England. MyMHealth is the only app and online tool of its kind being used in the NHS and it could improve lives for thousands of people.

Two projects are
to look at serious threats to public health. Both are working with pharmacies
to see how they can support the detection and treatment for people with
Hepatitis C, and also how a simple test can help reduce our over reliance on

The team behind
the development of an online social-networking tool called Genie are looking at
new and innovative ways to use it to prevent unnecessary demand on hospital
Emergency Departments. They are looking at how Genie can be used more widely in
Southampton and the surrounding areas by working with charities, the local
councils and research colleagues at the AHSN. There's more work too being done
on how people can manage joint pain and how better information can support
pregnant mums at risk of pre-eclampsia.

Other research
projects include: finding ways to improve the way people recover from cancer
treatment or a number of interlinked illnesses, analysing data from hospital
emergency departments and modelling the health systems there to help managers
improve care, and excitingly linking that to the possibility of a computer
being able to predict episodes of high demand. That same team is also helping
to create a map of demand for hip and knee surgery, a potential way to predict
if someone with lung disease is likely to be admitted to hospital for an

All these
projects are available to see on our website where there is more detail and a
way to contact the researchers.