AI in the real world - new funding to help define the best ways for AI, clinicians, and patients to work together

News | Posted on Thursday 3 November 2022

Funding from MPS Foundation awarded to new AI in healthcare project

Hospital setting
Hospital setting

Funding from The MPS Foundation has been awarded to a new collaboration, Shared CAIRE, between the Improvement Academy at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) and the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) at the University of York.

Shared CAIRE (Shared Care AI Role Evaluation) will research how artificial intelligence (AI) might work with clinicians and patients in the real world. Different human-machine interaction models for shared decision-making in healthcare will be tested and their ethical and legal implications considered.

Professor Tom Lawton, Consultant Critical Care & Anaesthesia and Head of Clinical AI at BTHFT and a Programme Fellow at AAIP, said: “We are particularly keen to use this project to look at how we can prevent clinicians and patients from feeling ignored when AI doesn't, or can't, take their ideas, concerns, and expectations into account. By testing simulated scenarios we hope to establish best practices for the use of AI, and investigate aspects of liability for decision-making when it is shared between a clinician and AI.”

The Improvement Academy is recruiting a Clinical Leadership Fellow to lead the project and work with a cross-disciplinary team from the partner organisations to identify and start to address issues around the safe use of AI in the NHS.

Interviews for the Clinical Leadership Fellow in Real-world Clinical Use of AI take place in December 2022 and the post will start in August 2023. 

Leadership Fellow information

Notes to editors:

The MPS Foundation 

The MPS Foundation is a global, not-for-profit research initiative that aims to shape the future of patient safety by investing in research, analysis, education, and training. The MPS Foundation is part of The Medical Protection Society Limited (MPS), the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists, and healthcare professionals with 130 years of global healthcare experience and expertise.

The Improvement Academy

The Improvement Academy is a team of improvement scientists, patient safety experts, and clinicians who are committed to working with frontline services, patients and the public to deliver real and lasting change. They adopt a theory-based approach to improvement that’s practical, tried and tested.

The Improvement Academy was established in 2013 as part of the Bradford Institute for Health Research to support innovation and improvement in the delivery of healthcare services. It is hosted within the NHS by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) 

BTHFT is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. It serves a core population of around 500,000 people and provides specialist services for some 1.1 million. Its staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital. It also manages local community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, Shipley and Eccleshill. As a teaching hospital, it is at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and has an excellent reputation for research performance. It is one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country.

The Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP)

The AAIP is a £12million partnership between Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York that is working with an international community of developers, regulators, researchers and others to ensure the public can benefit from the safe, assured and regulated introduction and adoption of RAS. The Programme is addressing core technical issues underlying the assurance of RAS, supporting industrial demonstrator projects, delivering training and education, and creating guidance on assuring and regulating RAS.