Staffordshire NHS Trusts shortlisted for national award for collaborative work in reducing unplanned hospital admissions and improving patient care

Staffordshire NHS Trusts shortlisted for national award for collaborative work in reducing unplanned hospital admissions and improving patient care
24 January 2017

A project designed to reduce the number of unplanned hospital admissions for frequent users of health and social care services in North Staffordshire has been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare award.

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust is working in collaboration with University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and local doctors to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. 

The project involves working with frequent users of services in North Staffordshire to coordinate their care and treatment across different services and to improve their experience whilst receiving care.

Participating patients and their families are involved in decision making around their care throughout the process. Where possible, the project enables patients to be cared for at home or in the community and allows them to regain a sense of independence.

The project has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Community health service redesign’ which recognises projects designed to provide efficient, high quality community-based care in the most appropriate setting for patients.

Since its implementation in January 2016 the project has seen a 74.4% reduction in the number of admissions to hospital for the 42 patients involved (375 admissions reduced to 96) and an 83.9% reduction in the number of days patients spent in hospital following admission (3361.5 days reduced to 542).

Chief Executive for the Partnership Trust, Stuart Poynor said: “I am delighted that the project has been recognised for its work in ensuring patients are cared for in the most appropriate environment for them. It is a great example of how organisations can work together to deliver better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.”

Paula Clark, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, said: “This project is a fantastic example of co-operation between local NHS organisations to help deliver improved care for our patients. I am very pleased that the initiative has been shortlisted for this prestigious award, and I wish the team the very best of luck at the awards ceremony.”

The winners of the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards will be announced at an award ceremony on 24 May 2017 at Grosvenor House, London.