Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is among a handful of healthcare organisations that have been shortlisted from over a hundred applicants for a prestigious national award.
The Trust is among 10 organisations that have been shortlisted from 117 applicants for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) award in the Acute, Community and/or Primary Care Services Redesign category. The project for which the Trust has been shortlisted is the Transformation of Community Services in Blackburn with Darwen, a unique piece of work on transforming healthcare for an ageing population.
Lynne Bax-Houghton, Associate Clinical Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve been shortlisted for these prestigious national awards. The fact that we’ve been shortlisted really highlights the great work that we do. There is locally and nationally an unprecedented increase in the demand for urgent care due to an ageing population, with multiple long term conditions needing health and social care.
“Services need to redesign to meet this challenge and deliver effective long term condition case management which enables people to live as well and as independently as possible for as long as possible. This transformational work was undertaken in order to meet the changing health needs of residents across Pennine Lancashire, providing a blended approach to meeting patients’ needs.”
Alastair McLellan, Editor of the Health Service Journal, said: “With the NHS experiencing a tough time as funding fails to keep up with demand, the HSJ Awards are once again the best reminder of the excellence the service is capable of. Taken together the entries to the HSJ Awards represent work which, directly or indirectly, has saved thousands of lives and enhanced many times that number.”
The Acute, Community and/or Primary Care Services Redesign category recognises NHS teams or organisations that have already made changes to the way in which they deliver services leading to improvements for patients.
The HSJ awards are now into their 36th year to recognise, celebrate and promote the best achievements in the NHS. Finalists will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 23 November 2016 at the InterContinental O2 in London.
The HSJ Awards consists of 23 categories reflecting the full spectrum of the NHS’ services and challenges. Among the judges this year are Salford Royal Foundation Trust Chief Executive Sir David Dalton, NHS Improvement Chief Executive Jim Mackey and Care Quality Commission Chief Inspector of Primary Care Steve Field.