REF 2021 Impact Case Study: Clinical outcome modelling saves thousands of lives (NEWS)


Description of impact

The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is, with only a couple of very small changes made by the Royal College of Physicians, based on our ongoing data science research. It has had enormous health impact:

● NEWS is estimated to save over 1,800 lives per year in England alone
● NEWS has been recommended by the World Health Organization for the clinical management of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
● NEWS is mandated for use by all NHS acute hospitals and ambulance services in England, Wales and Scotland for the assessment of patients; NEWS is also used widely by UK general practitioners and in many hospitals overseas
Impact statusClosed
Impact date20082020


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