The AHSN Network is proud to announce that a number of projects delivered and supported by AHSNs across the country have been award a prestigious HSJ Value Award.
The HSJ Value Awards celebrate the work of NHS teams across the areas of transformation, clinical and medical services, and operational and corporate services.
Yorkshire and Humber AHSN and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership were awarded for their West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts Project in the ‘Cardiovascular Care Initiative of the Year’ category.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts is a three-year initiative that focuses on three specific risk factors that can cause cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure (hypertension), cholesterol and diabetes. The initiative aims to improve care by making better use of existing primary care resources and maximising clinical engagement. It draws significantly on learning from Bradford’s successful Healthy Hearts campaign.
Jenny Hamer, Project Lead at the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN said: “We’re delighted and very proud to win this award with West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. The project is a three-year initiative focusing on improving care by identifying risk factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease.”
Wessex AHSN along with West Hampshire CCG, Somerset CCG and Kernow CCG won the ‘System or Commissioner Led Service Redesign Initiative’ category with RESTORE2 – right care, right place, right time for care home residents.
RESTORE2 is a physical deterioration and escalation tool for care/nursing homes based on nationally recognised methodologies including early recognition (Soft Signs), the national early warning score (NEWS2) and structured communications (SBARD).
Geoff Cooper, Programme Manager for Patient Safety at Wessex AHSN, said: “On behalf of everyone involved in this project, we’re thrilled to have contributed to the winning of this award. The judges were impressed by the design of the tool, the clarity of the common goal, the focus on outcomes and the great potential for spread.
“In particular, we feel this award acknowledges the hard work of staff working together to manage unwell residents in their care. We hope this award will further encourage the spread of RESTORE2, and therefore help care home residents and staff across the country.”
Health Innovation Manchester along with North Manchester General Hospital, HMP Styal and Spectrum Healthcare were highly commended in the category with their project: Greater Manchester Hepatitis C Elimination: Prison-Based Rapid Test and Treat.
The project has seen the redesign of the Hepatitis C prison pathway through a rapid test and treat model, reducing the time from entry into prison to testing from more than two weeks to less than 12 hours and curative treatment for those found to be positive from more than four weeks to less than 72 hours.
Health Innovation Network won the ‘MSK Care Initiative of the Year’ category with its Enabling Self-management and Coping of Arthritic Pain through Exercise, ESCAPE-pain initiative.
ESCAPE-pain, which has been running for over six years, is an evidence-based and cost effective group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain. The programme integrates education, self-management, and coping strategies, with a personalised exercise regimen for each participant. The programme has been shown to reduce pain, improve physical function, improve quality of life and mental wellbeing, reduce healthcare utilisation, and is more cost-effective than usual care.
Professor Michael Hurley from the Health Innovation Network said: “We are absolutely delighted with this award. It means a great deal to us to have been judged to be the ‘MSK Care Initiative of the Year’, especially as there were so many great initiatives we were up against. The judges clearly were impressed with the general ethos of the programme about self-management, its effectiveness, and benefits that it brings to individuals and the healthcare system as a whole. We hope the award gives a boost to ESCAPE-pain that we believe can make a major contribution to the post-COVID NHS ‘reset’.”
This year’s judging process followed a different format due to the coronavirus pandemic. Finalists were asked to create a video presentation to submit for review by the judging panel, which was formed of a wide range of well-respected figures from across the UK healthcare community.