Five teams shortlisted for HSJ Awards

Five teams from across our partnership have been shortlisted in the 2018 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

HSJ shortlist 2018 collageThe HSJ Awards are the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.

3 Dimensions for Long-Term Conditions

King’s Health Partners 3 Dimensions for Long Term Conditions (3DLC) has been shortlisted in the Innovation in Mental Health category. 3DLC is led by King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, working in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

3DLC provides integrated medical, psychological and social care for people in Lambeth and Southwark who have heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or resistant hypertension and mental ill-health.

Patients attending outpatient clinics are screened for depression and anxiety using the Integrating Mental & Physical healthcare: Research, Training & Services (IMPARTS) screening tool. When a patient with depression or anxiety is identified, a care pathway has been developed by the 3DLC team that will provide suitable mind and body care. This can include self-management support, a referral to an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service or direct support from the 3DLC service. 

Read more about 3DLC and watch a video on service user Shawn Collick’s experience with long-term conditions.

Implementation of the s136 pan-London new model of care

A new pan-London model of mental health crisis care developed by London's health and social care system, and piloted by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted in the Innovation in Mental Health catagory. The pilot is the first of its kind in London to provide a dedicated 24/7 staffed place of safety for adults and children detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

It implements guidance published by Healthy London Partnership to bring in consistent standards of care for the most vulnerable people in our city to ensure they are treated by the right people, in the right place, at the right time. This guidance was developed by London's service users, the NHS (ambulance services, acute and mental health trusts), London's three police forces and local authorities.

South London and Maudsley's pilot site has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from users of mental health crisis services and has shown significant improvement in pressures experienced by the police, paramedics, Accient and Emergency departments and the sites themselves, including a 13% decrease in inpatient admissions and a significant reduction in site closures.

Lambeth Integrated Reablement Team

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Lambeth Council and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were recognised in the Improved Partnerships Between Health and Local Government category for the Lambeth Integrated Reablement Team.

The Integrated Reablement Team looks after adults in Lambeth who require support with daily living, so they can regain mobility and daily living skills to live more independent lives.  In 2017 the team expanded and became registered as a social care provider employing its own team of re-abling care staff, in addition to their therapists and social workers. In the 2017/18 year, 768 people were treated by the team, 65% fully regained independence without the need for ongoing social care support and a further 22% needed a reduced level of support.

Transforming spinal neurosurgery services

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were recognised in the Acute or Specialist Services Redesign category for their work to transform Spinal Neurosurgery services through a project called ‘Looking in, Looking out’. The project involves working collaboratively to integrate spinal pathways in primary and tertiary care. ‘Looking in’ refers to staff listing to patient’s experience to find out how they can improve their care and access information and support. ‘Looking out’ indicates establishing a Regional Spinal Network and GP training events to work collaboratively across the healthcare sector to deliver the best possible care for patients.

The project has achieved a massive improvement for patients awaiting assessment and treatment for spine related symptoms, reducing waiting times from referral from more than six months in April 2016 to seven days in July 2018.

Pharmacist led virtual clinics

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Lambeth CCG and Southwark CCG have been recognised in the Optimisations of Medicines Management category for setting up pharmacist led virtual clinics to improve rates of anticoagulation (medicines that prevent blood clots) for atrial fibrillation (AF – a condition which causes an irregular heart rate) in general practice, to reduce the number of people having strokes unnecessarily.

The project involved commissioning specialist anticoagulant pharmacists to deliver virtual clinics in primary care, to support the GPs with evidence-based decision making regarding anticoagulation for patients with AF.

HSJ Award winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 21 November 2018.