Innovative community health tool shortlisted at leading national health awards

Innovative community health tool shortlisted at leading national health awards
05 March 2018

An innovative tool developed by Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP) to improve the quality and efficiency of its district nurses’ caseloads and bring benefits to patient care has been shortlisted in the prestigious Health Service Journal Value Awards 2018.

A team of Staffordshire nurses who supported the development of the tool will now present to a judging panel in London in a bid to win the “Community Health Service Redesign” Award in the nationally recognised award ceremony.

The District Nurse Caseload Review Tool launched in February 2017 after been developed to create a standardised approach to reviewing district nurse caseloads. The tool ensures that all district nursing caseloads are managed and run efficiently, effectively, safely and where possibly innovatively, to support high quality care for all.

Prior to its introduction there was no standardised way in which caseloads were reviewed and they were increasingly difficult to manage due to the unpredictability and increasing demand of the patients they serve.

Celine Grundy, Service Improvement Manager at the Partnership Trust, who was part of the project team who developed the tool, today said: “To be shortlisted for a HSJ Value Award is a wonderful achievement for the whole project team and we are hopeful that we will win the award and be able to showcase the Caseload Review Tool, and the benefits which it brings to patients, on a national scale.

Celine added; “The development of the tool demonstrates the hard work and dedication of a number of staff across the Trust; from operational to nursing colleagues, IM&T staff and colleagues who provided support from the Strategy, Business and Redesign Directorate. Together we made the District Nursing Caseload Review Tool and we will celebrate its success together.”

The HSJ Value Award shortlist is the second time the District Nurse Caseload Review Tool has been acknowledged in a national forum after the tool was awarded first prize and praised for its innovative approach at the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) Annual Conference in October 2017.

Celine will be joined by Helen Wheeler, Operational Manager in Cannock, and Paula Wood, Professional Lead for Adult Nursing at the judging panel in April where they will present the tool to health care specialists and industry leaders.  

Rose Goodwin, Director of Nursing and Quality for the Trust, added: “The District Nurse Caseload Review Tool is an exceptional piece of work which is truly making a difference to our district nurses and importantly their patients.

“As an organisation we are reaping the benefits of the tool and I wish the team all the very best of luck and hope that their hard work is recognised by the judging panel.”