Successful and innovative ideas to improve primary or community care services will be recognised at a Transforming Community Services awards event today.
Ten teams, made up of nurses, allied health professionals, GPs, other clinicians and patients, will receive their awards for the Transforming Community Services Multi Professional Leadership Challenges 2011.
The winning teams are from a range of NHS organisations and settings including acute trusts, mental health, social care, primary care and community partnerships.
The teams used health data, patient and communities’ experience and professional views in identifying areas for action, which take into account local priorities and the best use of resources. Each team was assessed on its leadership skills and the potential for the idea to improve the quality and productivity of services within their local area.
Many winning schemes address priority areas for health improvement. For example:
- South East Coast developed a pathway to deal with adolescent weight management
- London explored intensive therapy support for speech and behavioural problems in young children
- West Midlands concentrated on supporting young people with mental health problems as they move from child to adult services.
Other innovations include clinicians making a real difference in quality and productivity, and providing care closer to home more efficiently. These include the East Midlands business case for IV therapy at home, East of Englands plan for neurological care and Yorkshire and the Humber’s case for chronic pain management.
Other schemes covered areas such as alcohol abuse in the homeless. and epilepsy and its promotion, support, care and recognition as a long-term condition.
The ideas from all the finalists were translated into a viable business case and these will be reviewed for development potential by strategic health authorities. They can also be discussed locally with GP consortia pathfinders to inform service improvement and enhance patient experience.
Health Minister Anne Milton, who presented the awards, said:
‘I am incredibly impressed with the fantastic ideas that each winning team has delivered. These are precisely the improvements that we need as part of a quality NHS with clinicians working together to deliver improved care closer to patients in the community.
‘If we want to improve outcomes for patients, families and communities, then services need to be designed, developed and provided by the people who know their needs – the nurses, allied health professionals, doctors and all the other community practitioners.’
The event marks the completion of the two year Transforming Community Services programme which was established to give a focus to community services and support strong leaders in clinical roles to deliver the best outcomes for patients, families and communities. The programme has played a crucial role in improving the quality and provision of community services and promoting health and wellbeing by:
- increasing the quality of life, health and wellbeing for many
- reducing variations in quality and access and promoting equality
- improving productivity and value for money in the hospital and social care sectors
- providing more evidence-based care and up-to date information for community staff and quality standards to demonstrate the standard of care provided to local patients, families and communities
- more flexibility for staff and mobile working in the community.