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Community service shortlisted for national award

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016
Community service shortlisted for national award

A community service helping people regain their independence after a serious accident or illness has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The Hospital to Home service, which is delivered by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Northumberland County Council, brings together health and social care staff to help people regain independence following a health crisis or accident, facilitate safe and timely discharges and prevent avoidable admissions through the provision of community support as an alternative to hospital treatment where appropriate. 

Since 2013, teams based in hospitals, work with GPs, and hospital staff, to provide a seamless service for patients.

The Hospital to Home service has been shortlisted in this year’s national Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards in the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government category.

Daljit Lally, Deputy Chief Executive at Northumberland County Council, said: “I am delighted that the service has been shortlisted for this award which recognises NHS health organisations and local authorities working together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population.”

The Hospital to Home service builds on existing admission avoidance initiatives to tackle delayed discharge, and promote independence, reablement and rehabilitation.

Hospital to Home team clinical manager Karen Park said: “By having staff with a range of skills in the team our aim is to ensure care and support is given at the right time, by the person with the most appropriate skills and to coordinate our response across all the organisations involved so that when people are ready to go home they have all the care and support they need to go home safely.”

Northumbria was recently singled out as one of the top organisations nationally for discharging older people from hospital in a safe and timely manner.

Described as having one of the best records on discharging older patients anywhere in the country, the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts highlighted Northumbria’s long-standing relationship with Northumberland County Council and the fully-integrated approach to managing patients’ every care need.

It is the success of this integrated work over many years that led to the trust being named as a national leader to pioneer new models of care and join up services even further. Northumbria is now leading work with health and social care partners in Northumberland as part of the national vanguard programme to deliver a primary and acute care system (PACS).

The HSJ Awards highlight examples of outstanding practice and innovation that help to safeguard and improve patient care.

The winner will be announced at the HSJ awards ceremony on Wednesday 23 November in London.