We win Most Improved Community Provider & Enhancing Innovation Through Collaboration Awards
19 January 2015

We win Most Improved Community Provider & Enhancing Through Collaboration Awards

Awards for ground-breaking and high achieving clinical teams and innovators from Kent, Surrey and Sussex were presented at the prestigious Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network Expo and Awards 2015 on 13 January in London.

We won the most improved community provider award. This is in recognition of our patient experience programme to enhance quality of care and specifically our work with matrons and community teams to provide better patient outcomes. The judges said it had also shown the most improvement in the community heart failure pathway over the past two years.

Gareth Baker, director of transformation and commercial development, who collected the award on behalf of SCT said “We are delighted to receive this award. It’s testament to the hard work of our staff, working together with our patients and fellow providers to continually improve and deliver our vision of excellent care at the heart of the community.”

We also won the enhancing innovation through collaboration award for our work with doc@Home project with eight nursing/residential care homes in Coastal West Sussex. This pilot achieved:

  • 75% reduction in admissions to hospital with the same patient group compared to the same period the previous year.
  • 49% of patients had no hospital admissions compared to the same period the previous year.

The project uses Telehealth technology to assist in the early detection of signs/symptoms to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital and keep people well for those with long-term conditions including heart failure, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and urinary tract infections.

Deborah Hassell, project manager at SCT, said when collecting the award “The pilot has shown an increase in care home staff confidence, which has benefited all their patients – not just those on the pilot. It has dramatically reduced unnecessary visits to hospital. The plan is to roll out this initiative to other care homes in Coastal West Sussex, once funding has been agreed.”

See our previous news story with further information about the pilot including our full report.