Published on Jun 26, 2014
North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards.
The national Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards recognise outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS and will take place on 23rd September 2014 in London.
The short-stay children’s unit at the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby has been nominated in the Value and Improvement in Financial Services category and the Carers’ Support Service has been nominated in the Value and Improvement in Procurement category.
The national awards received a record number of entries and shortlisted organisations will present their project to a judging panel made up of senior figures from the health sector.
The Short-stay Paediatric Unit opened in Grimsby hospital’s A&E department in December 2012. In the first year 178 fewer children were unnecessarily admitted into hospital and received the care they needed there and then.
Dr Marcia Pathak, lead for women and children's services for North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was instrumental in developing the new service.
She said: "I wanted to find a way to improve quality of care so fewer children would be admitted into hospital needlessly and the patients and their parents would have a better experience at an often unsettling time.
"By working closely with the hospital team to find out why so many children were being admitted into hospital for less than 24 hours, it became clear there was a need to develop this new service. Since we have created the short-stay unit in A&E children can be treated for minor illnesses or injuries and stay for short stay observation, without having to be admitted as a patient unless they really need specialist care.
“It is a huge achievement to be recognised nationally for the work we do in North East Lincolnshire.”
The North East Lincolnshire Carers’ Support Service launched in April 2014 after local carers were actively involved in the tendering process to find a new service provider. The service now operates seven days a week, providing valuable support to an estimated 16,000 carers.
Emma Maier, Deputy Editor for the HSJ, said: “I am delighted to announce the shortlist for the HSJ Value Awards 2014. The awards received the highest number of entries in their history so being shortlisted means that organisation has been specifically chosen as a leader in the field. They are achieving both service improvement and outstanding efficiency – a vital balance that is more important than ever before.”
For more information on the HSJ Awards go to http://www.hsjvalueawards.co.uk