NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands (GEM) Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) is delighted to have been shortlisted in four prestigious HSJ Award categories.
As one of the most sought after accolades in British Healthcare, the HSJ Awards have been recognising, celebrating, and promoting the finest achievements in the NHS for 35 years. Entrants reaching this stage have been selected because they demonstrated outstanding practice and innovation that helped to improve patient care and enhance value and efficiency. With over 1400 entries across 23 categories NHS Arden & GEM CSU has overcome fierce competition to be judged as among UK healthcare’s leading exponents.
The projects which have reached the finals are:
Primary Care Innovation: The Atrial Fibrillation Template – reducing strokes through the use of technology. Arden & GEM CSU, in partnership with Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has developed a revolutionary IT tool which helps GPs to easily identify and treat people at risk of stroke or TIAs, a project which has seen a significant reduction in strokes.
Acute, Community and/or Primary Care Services Redesign: Transforming care for people with complex learning disabilities and autism. This collaborative project has completely transformed services and improved care for people with complex learning disabilities and autism across Coventry and Warwickshire. This has significantly improved outcomes for service-users, reducing inpatient admissions and reducing length of stays in hospital.
Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information: Making integrated care a reality for patients in Milton Keynes. Our IT team developed and implemented a programme to facilitate integrated care which has migrated 260,000 patient records from every GP practice in the area to a single integrated patient record system, alongside Primary Care Outpatient Clinics (PCOCs), hospices, multi-disciplinary social care teams and other local clinical services.
Innovation in Mental Health: Redesigning Perinatal Mental Health Services in Coventry and Warwickshire. Arden & GEM CSU and Coventry & Rugby CCG have been shortlisted in recognition of their work in redesigning Perinatal Mental Health services across Coventry and Warwickshire. The new service provides specialist perinatal support from pre-pregnancy to postnatal care.
John Parkes, Managing Director, NHS Arden & GEM CSU, said: “We are delighted to have been announced as finalists in four categories at the prestigious HSJ Awards. As the only Commissioning Support Unit to have been shortlisted, this is fantastic recognition of the hard work of our staff and the innovative, collaborative approaches that we have taken with our partners in these projects. These are excellent examples of the work that we are doing across the CSU, where we are constantly striving to improve outcomes for patients and ensure services are as effective and efficient as possible.”
Alastair McLellan, Editor of HSJ, said: "With the NHS experiencing a tough time as funding fails to keep up with demand, the HSJ Awards are once again the best reminder of the excellence the service is capable of. Taken together the entries to the HSJ Awards represent work which, directly or indirectly, has saved thousands of lives and enhanced many times that number."
Shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. The winners of all 23 categories will be announced at the HSJ award ceremony at the InterContinental O2, London, on 23 November 2016.
For more information on these and other innovative NHS Arden & GEM projects, please view our case studies at www.ardengemcsu.nhs.uk/case-studies