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AHSN nominated for two Patient Care Awards

Two Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network’s Improvement Academy programmes have been shortlisted for prestigious Royal College of Physicians’ Patient Care Awards.

The electronic Frailty Index (eFI) team has been nominated in the Innovation category, which recognises outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care in an innovative and forward-thinking way.

The Huddle Up for Safer Healthcare (HUSH) Team is shortlisted in the Quality Improvement category. This award recognises outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care by applying best practice and aiming to improve performance.

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The eFI helps primary care providers identify older people with frailty who face an increased risk of care home admission, hospitalisation and mortality by using information with a patient’s electronic health record.

Last month the eFI was described as ‘one of the most effective pieces of innovation I have ever come across’ by Dr Martin Vernon, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Care, when he spoke at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Innovation, Improvement & Impact Conference.

The eFI was developed by the University of Leeds, TPP, the University of Bradford, the University of Birmingham and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and funded by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, Yorkshire and Humber.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN supported the rollout of the eFI through its Healthy Ageing Collaborative. As a result of this work, the eFI has now been implemented by GPs and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country.

Last year, the eFI won the Health IT Product Innovation category at the EHI Live 2016 Awards and was cited as a major factor in the Yorkshire and Humber region retaining international recognition for its active and healthy ageing initiatives.

Through the HUSH programme, the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Improvement Academy is supporting more than 120 front-line teams in hospitals in the region to integrate multi-professional safety huddles into routine clinical care to help reduce harm for example falls, pressure ulcers and improve recognition of deteriorating patients and management of sepsis.

The Huddles provide an opportunity for all ward staff, including support staff such as ward clerks, housekeepers and care support workers to get together to have a brief, focused discussion about patients who are most at risk of harm and what can be done to reduce the risk.

Teams that have successfully embedded huddles into their ward routine have reduced falls by an average of 50 per cent and have seen improved results in ward teamwork and safety culture surveys.

To date, 2,573 patients who would have fallen haven’t and more than £1.8m has been saved from direct health and social care costs.

Camilla Smith, a Senior Sister at Leeds General Infirmary, said: “I am so proud of our ward huddle and the impact it is having as a result of the team making simple changes. We have seen our ‘crash’ calls reduce significantly and there has been a direct effect on the number of falls on the ward.”

The Royal College of Physicians will announce the award winners at its annual conference dinner on Thursday 16th March.

Richard Stubbs, Interim Managing Director at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, commented: “We are really proud that both the eFI and HUSH programmes have been nominated for these prestigious awards.

“Both programmes are making a real difference for patients in the Yorkshire and Humber region and are now attracting national interest as a result of the improvements in the quality of care they are delivering.”