Our award winning programmes

A number of our programmes are making real improvements to the experiences of patients and, as a result, we have received national and regional awards.

Here is a summary of our award-winning programmes to date:

Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) – Winner of a 2017 Royal College of Physician’s Patient Care Award (Innovation Category) and the Health IT Product innovation category at the EHI Live 2016 Awards

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 within a patient’s electronic health record.

The RCP Award recognises ‘outstanding clinical activity that contributes to excellent patient care in an innovative and forward-thinking way’.

eFI winners

It 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 our 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.

We are supporting the rollout of the eFI through our Healthy Ageing Collaborative with CCGs across the country using it to develop new models of care. Examples include: integrated community frailty services and identification of older people for medication reviews and those at risk of falls. The eFI has been included for use in the new GP contract for 2017/18.

In 2016, 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.

It was also shortlisted for a Medipex Innovation Award in 2017.

Faecal Calprotectin programme – Winner of a Medipex Innovation Award 2017 and shortlisted for a 2017 HSJ Award in the Acute, Community and/or Primary Care Services Redesign category.

Web_JamesTurvill Service Improv winner 2017The Faecal Calprotectin programme is an innovative test that helps GPs to discriminate between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

IBS affects 10-20 per cent of the population, with 79,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. IBD is less common, being seen three per cent of the time. As distinguishing IBS from IBD is difficult, as many as 19 out of 20 patients are unnecessarily referred to secondary care, including invasive colonoscopies.

The Faecal Calprotectin programme has led to a change in national (NICE – DG11) guidance and helped drive the adoption of new methodology in seven CCGs, 198 GP practices and NHS laboratories regionally, demonstrating improvement in patient safety and increased cost effectiveness in the NHS. The potential return on investment from regional implementation is over £1.4 million.

Healthy Ageing Initiatives – Awarded International Reference Site Status

Last year (2016) we led a successful bid on behalf of all stakeholders in the region to retain international recognition for the region’s active and healthy ageing initiatives.

Experts from across Europe awarded Yorkshire and Humber ‘Reference Site’ status and a three-star rating for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. The prestigious award recognises the area’s innovative and comprehensive approach to healthy ageing with concrete evidence of the impact of their work on patients’ health.

steve-with-eip-award1European Reference Sites are coalitions of regions, cities, integrated hospitals or care organisations, industry and research institutions that jointly aim to provide concrete examples of innovative services with proven added value to citizens and care systems in EU regions. Being a Reference Site is recognition of the leadership necessary to form a comprehensive, innovation-based approach to active and healthy ageing across many sectors.

The eFI was one of the main initiatives included in the successful bid.

We were supported during the bid process by the Northern Health Science Alliance.

In 2013, Yorkshire and Humber became one of the first regions to be awarded three stars in England.

Huddle Up for Safer Healthcare (HUSH) – Awarded a Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Time to Shine Award 2017

Our flagship Huddle Up for Safer Healthcare (HUSH) programme, delivered by our Improvement Academy, is helping frontline teams to reduce patient harm.

We are supporting frontline teams in hospitals to integrate multi-professional safety huddles into routine clinical care to help reduce harm such as falls, pressure ulcers and better recognition and management of sepsis and the deteriorating patient.

The Huddles provide an opportunity for all ward staff, including support staff such as ward clerks, housekeepers and domestics to get together to discuss any concerns they may have about patients, especially those who are most at risk of harms such as falls and pressure ulcers.

Teams that have successfully embedded Huddles into their ward routine have significantly reduced harm, including falls, and have improved their scores in team safety culture surveys.

The HUSH programme was also shortlisted for RCP and Nursing Times Awards in 2017.

Shortlisted for awards

As well as the successes detailed above, our Bradford Diagnostic Virtual Ward pilot was shortlisted for a 2017 Medipex Innovation Award.

This project aims to reduce patient discharge delays by piloting early discharges for patients who are medically fit to leave hospital but are still awaiting a final diagnostic test. Traditionally these patients would have to remain in hospital until this test was completed.

The Bradford Diagnostic Virtual Ward enables patients to go home but have their test within the same timeframe as if they were still in hospital.

At the time of the nomination, the pilot had been running for four months and, during that time, 272 patients were referred to the Bradford Diagnostic Virtual Ward with 327 tests been performed and over 700 bed days saved.

A patient survey showed that 100 per cent of patients express overall satisfaction with the service, 100 per cent felt ready to go home and 100 per cent said they were able to manage.