Imperial College London

Dr Kate Honeyford

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Associate







Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





My current work is evaluating a sepsis alert system within a large hospital trust.

Based in the Global Digital Health Unit I am leading the evaluation of the introduction of a digital sepsis alert at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust. I work closely with Dr Ceire Costelloe, Professor Graham Cooke and Dr Anne Kinderlerer at ICHT. I regularly attend the Sepsis Big Room at the Trust where I meet with frontline staff, analysts, pharmacists and managers.

I am an experienced statistician and support colleagues with systematic reviews, modelling approaches and R and Stata.

Priort to my current role I was based at the Dr Foster Unit where I worked with Professor Bottle on a project identifying the determinants of variations in both emergency readmission rates and one-year mortality in patients hospitalized with heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The topic which has informed my research is the use of publicly available and/or routinely collected to data to inform health policy and practice in order to improve outcomes for patients. There is an abundance of data being collected and, sometimes, being made available to the public; the potential to use this data to improve outcomes is a key area of focus.

Prior to starting my PhD, my career was in education, where I became increasingly interested in the use of data to inform practice and policy. This led to me completing an MSc in Statistics at the University of Sheffield and subsequently a PhD in Health Services Research (at the University of Leicester). I analysed publicly available data to determine factors associated with practice mortality rates.



Honeyford C, Cooke G, Kinderlerer A, et al., 2020, Evaluating a digital sepsis alert in a London multi-site hospital network: a natural experiment using electronic health record data, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Vol:27, ISSN:1067-5027, Pages:274-283

Honeyford CE, Aylin P, Bottle R, 2019, Should emergency department attendances be used with or instead of readmission rates as a performance metric? Comparison of statistical properties using national data, Medical Care, Vol:57, ISSN:1537-1948, Pages:e1-e8

Honeyford C, Cecil E, Lo M, et al., 2018, The weekend effect: does hospital mortality differ by day of the week? A systematic review and meta-analysis, Bmc Health Services Research, Vol:18, ISSN:1472-6963

Aylin PP, Bou-Antoun S, Costelloe CE, et al., 2018, Age-related decline in antibiotic prescribing for uncomplicated respiratory tract infections in primary care in England following the introduction of a national financial incentive (the Quality Premium) for health commissioners to reduce use of antibiotics in the community: an interrupted time series analysis, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Vol:73, ISSN:0305-7453, Pages:2883-2892

Honeyford K, Greaves F, Aylin P, et al., 2017, Secondary analysis of hospital patient experience scores across England's National Health Service - How much has improved since 2005?, Plos One, Vol:12, ISSN:1932-6203

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