Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has won the Managing Long Term Conditions HSJ Award at the 2014 HSJ Awards, as announced on 19 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards is the largest celebration of healthcare excellence in the UK, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.
The creation of Wigan’s integrated neighbourhood teams has helped create more than 1,000 case management plans for the highest risk patients at Wigan’s practices since April last year.
This has contributed significantly to a 43 per cent drop in A&E visits and a fall of 48 per cent in emergency admissions. Outpatient attendance was also down by 17 per cent by January this year.
A standard operating procedure; dedicated clinical facilitators and admin support; investment in new technology; patient meetings to agree care goals; and the overall simplicity of the system were other measures behind the success.
After a review by esteemed judging panels, made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector, Bridgewater won in recognition of their outstanding work.
The judges said “The winner is providing system change driving whole person care – a step by step approach which is engaging along the way”.
Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said:
“The 2014 HSJ Awards will be the largest celebration of healthcare excellence held in this country within living memory. The NHS is constantly in the news – and often for the wrong reasons – but the HSJ Awards are a powerful reminder of why Britain’s health services are the envy of much of the world.”
Bridgewater’s QIPP Programme Director Eugene Lavan said:
“Our team of clinical facilitators and administrators, alongside colleagues from Wigan Council, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals, and Wigan CCG, are delighted to have won this esteemed HSJ award in the year the event saw a record number of entries”.