Health system and partners in the running for six national awards
Frimley Health and Care is one of the finalists bidding to be named Integrated Care System (ICS) of the Year category at the prestigious annual HSJ Awards.
The shortlisting is one of six for the system and its partners, for work which includes reducing health inequality, the ground-breaking use of digital technology, environmental sustainability, learning disability and autism, and partnership working with the military.
Among them is a shortlisting for Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust for Acute of Specialist Trust of the Year.
Frimley Health and Care ICS is a partnership of NHS, local authority, voluntary sector and private sector health and care organisations. It was recently granted approval by the Government to proceed to becoming a statutory organisation on April 1 next year.
As the HSJ finalists were announced, Frimley Health and Care was among those with a chance of becoming ICS of the year, for its work to address health inequalities among local people.
The Creating Healthier Communities Together programme includes using data to identify and target areas or groups to engage with in communities where people’s health is not as good as in other places.
Another aspect is the Innovation Fund, through which local individuals, groups or organisations can bid for small amounts of funding for projects which are aimed at improving people’s health and wellbeing.
Fiona Edwards, Chief Executive of Frimley Health and Care ICS, said: “It is wonderful news that we and our system partners have been shortlisted for so many and so varied awards.
“The last 18 months have been extremely difficult for people across our communities and have really highlighted the inequalities that exist when it comes to being able to lead healthy lives.
“Across our system so many organisations, teams and individuals have been working tirelessly to tackle the many problems that our residents face and to maintain and improve the health and care services available.
“These many award nominations shine a light on just some of that work and show the depth and variety of the talent we have within our system and our commitment to use everything at our disposal for the benefit of local people.”
Mental health provider Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is shortlisted for its Mental Health Integrated Community Service (MHICS), which provides people with significant mental health needs with quick and easy access to help in primary care.
Digital technology is being used to identify health concerns in particular groups, who can be contacted, engaged with and involved in shaping potential solutions. One example is the case of people vulnerable to Covid-19, who have been supported to manage their blood oxygen levels themselves in the safety of their own homes, while being remotely monitored by clinical teams in case their conditions change and they need more direct medical intervention. The data also helped to identify people who might be at risk from Covid-19 and reduced the number of deaths in this group by 50%.
Another example of combining digital technology with public involvement is the creation of the Frimley Community Panel – a virtual group of more than 1,700 people from across the area who provide feedback on their experiences of healthcare. This information has helped NHS services to understand local people’s views on changes that have taken place during the pandemic, such as ways to access services and phone and video consultations.
The full list of award shortlisted finalists from Frimley Health and Care is:
- Acute of Specialist Trust of the Year: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Environmental Sustainability Award: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Integrated Care System of the Year: Frimley Health and Care ICS
- HSJ Partnership of the Year: Attain, NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (now Frimley CCG) and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Mental Health Innovation of the Year: Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Military and Civilian Health Partnership Award: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the Ministry of Defence.
The HSJ Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 18. Details of all of the finalists can be found here.