The Connected Bradford programme links disparate routine electronic data in an anonymised database across primary care, secondary care, community care and social care for over 700,000 individuals at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The digital platform data is integral for the secondary use analysis of data to improve patient pathways of care across the region, re-design models of care, research and evaluation.

The Connected Bradford database is governed by the terms and conditions of the signed data sharing agreements from 86 General Practices across three CCGs – Bradford City & Districts and Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven CCGs, three Trusts – Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Airedale Hospital, Bradford District Care Trust, two Local Authorities – Bradford and North Yorkshire Local Authorities and two Voluntary care organisations. The anonymised data is overseen by the Connected Bradford governance committee which has representation from the data providers and the public.

Download an information brochure on the Connected Bradford project here. The Connected Bradford programme has ethical approval as a research database (IRAS: 227117; REC reference: 17/EM/0254).

Specific Projects

Improving the service redesign pathway for Wheezy Children

To improve population outcomes for children and young people with wheeze or asthma, the Ambulatory Care Experience (ACE) project was implemented at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The ACE service has been running since December 2017 at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is growing from strength to strength as a value based healthcare. Children with wheeze/asthma are referred predominantly by primary care to specialist nursing roles within the community who deliver care in the patient’s home rather than urgent and emergency care.

Commissioners are working in collaboration with BIHR to evaluate the service redesign using the Connected Bradford Database measuring improvements and outcomes using the integrated de-identified data from the Trust and primary care for this segmented population. The database identifies the different patients referred to the service and the types of services they received before the referral including hospital admissions.

Other than identifying costs and savings which fall beyond the direct costs associated with the bed bases, the database enables budget analysis of the broader health and care economy. These include average length of stay for patients, A&E attendances, and hospital admissions for a similar group of patients supported by more traditional services.

More information about the project can be found here.

Connected Bradford Public and Participation Panel

Connected Bradford Public and Participation Panel meet every two months.

For more information on the panel or if you are interested in joining please contact cYorkshire@bthft.nhs.uk

Meet the team

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Programme Manager