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The Innovation Case Studies section provides a comprehensive list of exemplar innovation projects from across the NHS. These innovations have been carefully selected to represent a range of ideas from medical technologies through to service and pathway re design. Each case study provides a background to the innovation and a contact for further information.

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Harnessing digital technology FARSITE - rapid searching web application

Case study arrowGreater Manchester AHSN and the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network (GMCRN) are accelerating health innovation through helping researchers and clinicians improve the way data is handled and studies are planned and conducted.

FARSITE was developed by NorthWest EHealth, a partnership between the University of Manchester, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Salford CCG. The tool confidentially finds and contacts groups of patients in a population. It can be used to gauge the feasibility of and to recruit for clinical trials, medicines reviews, and also used for risk stratification.


  • Operational across the four northern AHSNs, covering over 1.3 million patients.
  • Greater Manchester outperforms all other regions of the country for recruitment to life sciences trials as a consequence of FARSITE, for example, more than 4,500 people from 33 GP surgeries with were recruited to a care evaluation programme within 16 weeks with FARSITE.
  • Hitachi is building FARSITE into their large-scale diabetes prevention programme, as it can rapidly establish which patients should be targeted for preventative therapy.
  • Currently reviewing whether FARSITE could be used to screen high-risk patients and help GPs target therapeutic interventions for stroke prevention.
  • In the last 12 months, the GMCRN has completed more than 250 feasibility searches for industry and academia studies in primary care.
  • After rolling out in Lancashire, FARSITE is being extended across the North West’s geography (7 million) over the next two years.

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Contact Name Sarah Booth, Greater Manchester AHSN Email address sarah.booth@gmahsn.org

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