Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT celebrates winning night at the HSJ Value Awards 2019
The Trust’s Digital Health Centre has won a HSJ Value Award at a prestigious ceremony at Manchester Central on Thursday 23 May.
The Digital Health Centre won the Emergency, urgent and trauma care efficiency initiative of the year for their pioneering work supporting patients in care and nursing homes across Tameside and Glossop.
The service was launched in March 2017 and since then has grown from supporting three residential care homes and one nursing home to now linking in with 44 care and nursing homes in Tameside and Glossop. Since there early success with the care and nursing homes, the service has gone on to partner with the Local Authority,& there Community Response Service, who provide a warden response for patients living in their own homes, if they press there pendant, an alarm is triggered, the wardens will attend and skype the patient into the digital Health Team. They have also recently started to support four of the, extra care housing schemes and four domiciliary care providers with the Skype technology again enhancing health and social care for our residents and patients.
The Digital health team also remotely monitor all our long term condition patients who live well at home with COPD and heart failure, they provide this service in partnership with the Extensive care team, GPs and our local authority.
The Digital Health team also have access to the Tameside and Glossop 111 & 999 call stack for the North West Ambulance service & provide a clinical triage and urgent care practitioner response service, this frees up unnecessary ambulances, leaving more available vehicles on the road for those in urgent need.
The Centre has trained residential care home staff, Wardens, and social care teams to undertake basic observations on patients whilst using Skype such as; taking blood pressure readings, temperature, heart rate and oxygen Saturations.
Peter Grace, Clinical Lead for the Digital Health Team said “It meant a lot for us to win because it recognised the partnerships and the relationships we have built with all our primary care partners, our GPs, our other nursing teams, our social care providers and the local authority. Without the input of all of those different people and working in an integrated way we wouldn’t be as successful as we are today.
“Our patients are benefitting from this new way of working every day and this is a massive recognition for the amount of work that has been put in over a short period of time to get the service to where it is.”
The Digital Health Team were also highly commended in the improving value in the care of older patients category and the Trust’s finance improvement team were highly commended for financial or procurement initiative of the year category.
Chief Executive, Karen James said, “I am so pleased and so proud that the pioneering work of our digital health team has been recognised with this HSJ Value Award, we know that this service provides an amazing service for our most vulnerable patients and the team is so flexible and always looking at ways to improve.
“I think the fact that the Trust was shortlisted for 10 HSJ Awards, was commended for two and won one shows the breath of innovative work that is happening across the Trust.”
The HSJ Value Awards recognise excellent use of resources, and also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives. Out of hundreds of entries, 166 projects and initiatives were selected as finalists. The Trust was shortlisted for a total of 10 award on the night.
Attached media: photo of the HSJ Value Award Winners
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