Projects in line for innovation awards

Two Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) projects designed to improve the healthcare experiences of patients in the region have been nominated for innovation awards.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Faecal Calprotectin programme and its Improvement Academy’s Diagnostic Virtual Ward pilot project have both been shortlisted for Medipex NHS Innovation Awards.

The Faecal Calprotectin programme is an innovative test that helps GPs to discriminate between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) reducing the need for patients to undergo invasive colonoscopies.

Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has successfully implemented this pathway to six CCGs and 131 practices with a further five CCGs fully engaged with implementation plans in place. Potential return on investment from regional implementation is over £1.4 million and the pathway is influencing national guidelines

The Bradford Diagnostic Virtual Ward pilot project aims to reduce patient discharge delays while waiting for a diagnostic investigation. The pilot is trialling 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.

The pilot has now been running for four months and during that time 272 patients have been referred to the Bradford Diagnostic Virtual Ward with 327 tests been performed and over 700 bed days saved.

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

Richard Stubbs, Interim Managing Director at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, commented: “We are delighted to have been nominated for two Medipex NHS Innovation Awards.

“As an Academic Health Science Network, we are committed to making it easier and quicker to implement innovations that are better for patients and deliver efficient and cost-effective treatments and services.

“These two projects are fantastic examples of how we are working with our members to deliver service improvements for patients across the region.”

Medipex NHS Innovation Awards bring together the most innovative and exciting ideas from the region’s NHS and commercial healthcare sector.

Over 12 years, the event has established a reputation for showcasing outstanding projects and initiatives from across Yorkshire, Humber and East Midlands regions, providing a unique opportunity to showcase new innovations and thinking from the NHS.

Winners of the Medipex Awards will be confirmed on Thursday 23rd March.