Early intervention and service redesign
New ways of delivering services in partner NHS organisations and social care settings.
New types of health and social care services are needed if we are to deliver better – and more cost-effective – services for patients.
This theme works to evaluate how well new types and ways of delivering services work in partner NHS organisations and social care settings.
The focus of these evaluations is on 'early intervention' – services aimed at detecting and treating the early signs of serious physical or mental illnesses.
Services examined under this theme include:
- older people presenting to emergency medical units for assessment;
- people in care homes with dementia; and
- young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
The theme brings together a comprehensive range of expertise in health services research, clinical trials, health economics and statistics. These skills are used to guide how new service models are put into practice, to collect high-quality evidence of effectiveness, and to analyse outcomes.
Professor John Geddes, Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University, leads this theme.