Several AHSNs and AHSN-supported innovations have been recognised at the prestigious HSJ Partnership Awards 2021, which celebrates organisations working in partnership with the NHS.
The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN were highly commended in the Most Effective Contribution to Clinical Redesign category with the Improved Faecal Calprotectin (FCal) Care Pathway, working with York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The pathway helps GPs better diagnose between non-inflammatory diseases (such as irritable bowel syndrome) and inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) by using revised diagnostic cut-offs – the presence of FCal in stool samples indicating inflammatory disease (a ‘rule in’ approach as opposed to the previous ‘rule out’ approach).
This test was developed by Dr James Turvill, Consultant Gastroenterologist at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN supported the development of the pathway and identified significant financial benefits, predicting savings of up to £2.5 million for the Yorkshire and Humber region alone.
Yorkshire & Humber AHSN were also named finalists in the Most Effective Contribution to Patient Safety category for the roll-out of Placental Growth Factor (PlGF) Testing, working with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
PlGF is a molecule made by the placenta. A low-level of PlGF indicates a poorly functioning placenta and a higher risk of developing severe pre-eclampsia, which is a common yet serious condition and complicates up to 1 in 20 pregnancies. A PlGF-based blood test can reduce the time to diagnose pre-eclampsia from four to two days. This quicker diagnosis reduces delays in arranging treatment for women most at risk of developing severe complications and removes unnecessary monitoring for those who are not at risk.
NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Fellow S12 Solutions, which is supported by Wessex AHSN, were highly commended in the Best Mental Health Partnership with the NHS category, for its Supporting the Crisis Care Pathway Through Digital Innovation project.
The app and website, which helps mental health professionals efficiently complete Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) processes, picked up the accolade alongside Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s (STP) project.
Selected as one of the winners of the TechForce19 challenge, which was supported by the AHSN Network, NHSX and PUBLIC, Peppy was named a finalist in the Regional Covid-19 Response Partnership Award for its work supporting at-risk new and expectant parents through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond.
Peppy delivers specialist care and support by expert healthcare practitioners via a smartphone.
The fourth edition of the awards featured 113 finalists. The 17 eventual winners were chosen by 55 expert judges. Read the full list of winners.