Real-world, mixed methods evaluations can support commissioners to make evidence-based decisions about health care services.
In September 2020, an Enhanced Supportive Care programme was implemented at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. The programme seeks to identify patients with cancer who may benefit from earlier access to supportive care. An Enhanced Supportive Care team has been established through funding of additional staff; facilitating earlier patient identification and provision of ongoing supportive care.
The service provided by Unity Insights included utilising health economic modelling alongside quantitative and qualitative data collection. The summary report provides an overview of the evaluation, including outcomes from the health economic modelling.
I have been really impressed with the responsiveness / analytical prowess and explanation of the approach to robustly analyse the work we are trying to do with a new supportive oncology service. It is essential to have this support as it cannot be replicated internally and allows us to adapt our approach and use for business cases internally and to share more widely with the NHS.
Dr Ollie MintonCancer Clinical Director for University Hospitals Sussex East