Partnership teams up for major national health awards

Five innovative King’s Health Partners projects HSJ Awards 2017have been shortlisted for prestigious HSJ Awards, including two shortlistings in the ‘International Health Partnership’ category.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards are the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector, and so being named on the shortlist is a huge achievement.

International Health Partnerships shortlistings

Two of our global health programmes, King’s Sierra Leone Partnership and King’s Somaliland Partnership, have been shortlisted in the ‘International Health Partnerships’ category.

King’s Somaliland Partnership was founded in 2000 and is one of the UK’s longest running global health partnerships, involving hundreds of NHS volunteers and Somaliland health workers.

King’s Somaliland Partnership works collaboratively to build Somaliland and UK health workforce capacity. NHS volunteers deliver education and training programmes based on needs identified by Somaliland partner experts and aligned to Somaliland curricula.

Their most significant results to date include:

  • Examining every doctor and BSc Nurse to have graduated since Somaliland’s founding
  • Introducing mental health into the medical curriculum and delivering basic psychiatry training to all new doctors
  • Developing Somaliland’s first online Sexually Transmitted Infection programme
  • Establishing Somaliland’s first Master’s in Health Education.

King’s Sierra Leone Partnership was established in 2011 to help build Sierra Leone’s health system by strengthening training, clinical services, policy and research and responding directly to the country’s health needs in partnership with local organisations.

Their most significant results in Sierra Leone include:

  • Restoring the country’s first oxygen factory to provide piped high-flow oxygen, reducing mortality rates in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) by 20%
  • Integrating Early Warning Scores into hospital care, improving vital sign monitoring from an estimated 14% baseline to 75% in May 2017
  • Launching a new medical records system at Connaught Hospital
  • Developing referral procedures for the first psychosocial support unit at a general hospital.

South London and Maudsley shortlistings

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in two categories. Maudsley Simulation has been shortlisted in the 'Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development' category and the Psychology in Hostels project is shortlisted in the ‘Most Effective Adoption and Diffusion of Existing Best Practice’ category.

Maudsley Simulation is the UK’s first centre for mental health simulation and has now trained more than 5,000 healthcare professionals. Service users are involved in developing training courses for clients in the health sector and beyond. The simulation courses, which involve actors and technology, have led to improvements in patient safety and in the quality of healthcare. Read our new blog about Maudsley Simulation.

The Psychology in Hostels project places psychologists in homeless hostels to support clients who may have severe mental health issues and a history of substance use. It is the UK’s leading example of the ‘psychologically informed environment’ model, delivered by South London and Maudsley in partnership with Thames Reach Hostels and London Borough of Lambeth. The project has been funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity for the last three years.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ shortlistings

The Cancer Centre team at Guy’s Hospital have been shortlisted in the ‘Acute Sector Innovation’ category for developing an innovative, patient centred approach to cancer care.  Staff and patients worked together to design and develop high quality services within the new £160 million cancer centre which opened in September 2016.

DrDoctor, a digital tool that is used in Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, was shortlisted in the ‘Using Technology to Improve Efficiency’ category. DrDoctor was developed in partnership with a number of NHS trusts. It transforms patient experience by allowing patients to view, change and schedule outpatient appointments themselves, online, on smartphone or by conversational SMS. This has resulted in Guy’s and St Thomas’ saving £2.6 million in the financial year 2016/2017.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Directors of King’s Health Partners, says:

These projects demonstrate once again the variety of excellent work being delivered across our partnership, and provide a snapshot of just some of the different ways in which we are working to improve care for our patients. Congratulations to all of those teams on the shortlist.

The HSJ Awards take place on 22 November in London. 

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