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Current Projects

The NECS Research and Evidence team undertake evaluations across multiple geographies and areas of the NHS system, understanding the health care environment and the challenges this poses to delivering evidence based, evaluative approaches, which align with the health sectors needs and availability.

Our team can be commissioned to carry out independent evaluations and also partner with other stakeholders or organisations on projects. We have been involved in delivering projects and evaluations on a local, regional and national scale. Some examples of work we have carried out are given below.

National evaluation: General Practice Retention Intensive Support Sites (GPRISS)

The NECS Research and Evidence team were commissioned to undertake an independent, collaborative evaluation of the seven General Practice Retention Intensive Support Sites (GPRISS) by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) in 2018.

Our team formed a collaborative and effective delivery partnership with colleagues from NEL CSU, developing an evaluation framework with NHSE/I and adopting a mixed-methods approach to data collection. The aim of the evaluation was to ascertain the effectiveness of various types of interventions, the overall impact of a multi-level intervention approach, local barriers and facilitators, as well as key lessons learned regarding retention programmes.

Our approach involved desktop review of site profiles, analysis of national workforce data, quantitative surveys, and qualitative interviews and focus groups to provide a comprehensive assessment of the intensive support sites.

Further details and findings are detailed within the full evaluation report

Evidence from the evaluation informed a national GP retention toolkit, published by NHSE/I in July 2019

Regional project: North East Vanguards

The New Care Models (NCM) programme, being implemented through the vanguards, aimed to catalyse the widespread adoption of new models of care to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, the quality of care that patients receive as well as the efficiency of the overall system. Evaluation was an essential component and a core part of the approach developed by the central team at NHS England. NECS Research and Evidence team lead the guidance and project management support for this evaluation process, providing a professional link between the five vanguards in North East and academic evaluation partners at Newcastle University, Durham University and the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

This work was provided for the length of the vanguards programme and included developing the evaluation specification, supporting procuring and working with an independent evaluation team to deliver the project as per vanguard requirement. 

Local project: Evaluation of a CCG Primary Care Incentive Scheme

NECS were commissioned by a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in the North East and North Cumbria to carry out an evaluation of a novel GP incentive scheme aiming to break down the traditional commissioner / provider split and tight performance management. A key area of evaluation was the acceptance and subsequent benefits of the radical approach, to see if it met the original aims. The NECS Business Intelligence team worked jointly with the Research and Evidence team to enable the evaluation to include a survey of practice staff experiences and views, and monitoring of the original metrics from the previous incentive scheme to see if the new approach impacted on these outcomes. The comprehensive report was tailored to the CCG’s needs, with a comparison to other incentive schemes and recommendations made regarding methods for future evaluation of the scheme.