UCL NHS London 2012 Olympics Programme Evaluation Project
Funded by UCLPartners, Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC) and NHS London
October 2011 - May 2013
The principle objective of our evaluation was to describe and evaluate the contribution made to health planning and health legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by NHS London. More specifically, the objective was to assess the impact of the NHS London 2012 Programme, including Games-Time Delivery, Emergency Preparedness, Demand Management and Health Legacy workstreams.
Previous Olympic host cities provided detailed reports about health planning inside the Olympic park, and included some descriptive details about health services adaptation for the Games. This was the first independent evaluation of the resident health services planning and delivery. This was also the first prospective evaluation of an Olympic health services programme, as we had gathered data for 10 months prior to the Games. This approach made a substantial contribution to the Olympic and mass gathering literature, enabling future host cities to plan and deliver evidence-based programmes.
Capturing a complex programme of work requires a detailed methodological approach. To evaluate the work of NHS London, we gathered data from a wide range of sources including:
- key individuals working for and with NHS London 2012 team, to analyse the detail of the planning and delivery.
- past Olympic reports from Sydney, Athens, Beijing and Vancouver, to understand the key issues at past Games and enable comparison.
- NHS London documentation since the beginning of the programme, to appreciate longitudinal factors.
Using a progressive qualitative analysis method, the team analysed the data within the following domains: (1) descriptions of the plans to address the impact on local NHS routine and emergency health services, the emergency planning arrangements for participants and visitors to the Games, public health enhancement and protection during the Games and the diverse range of interventions and health legacy initiatives undertaken; (2) a critical evaluation of the processes, barriers, facilitators and outcomes of the planning and delivery activities.
The final report is attached below. The purpose of this
report is to describe the findings of an evaluation of NHS London’s 2012
Olympic planning and delivery programme. The report specifically concentrates
on four key areas: business continuity, emergency preparadness, public health
and health legacy. Findings can be used by health planners working in mass
gatherings to strengthen their medical services.