Community Health Service Redesign Award - HSJ Value Awards 2019
Given the choice, most people would prefer to receive health services in their own homes or local community rather than in hospital. Advances in healthcare technology and changes in service structures mean increasing numbers of patients are now supported by community-based providers offering treatments and interventions once only provided in hospital. Such a change is crucial to the long-term sustainability of the NHS.
As the range of care that can be provided in the community expands, providers need to ensure they keep up with the pace of change and are geared up to offer efficient, high quality services in the most appropriate setting.
This award is open to care providers, commissioners or private partners able to demonstrate their contribution to efficient, high value, high quality community-based care.
- A clear rationale for the project
- An explanation of how it aimed to achieve improved value in the delivery of community services
- An explanation of how the project plan was informed by existing best practice or evidence
- A demonstrable focus on patient safety alongside efficiency improvements
Evidence the project has led to improved value in the delivery of community health services. This should include a quantitative aspect – for instance, demonstrable reductions in average length of stay, improved patient outcomes, reductions in avoidable admissions – and can also include qualitative outcomes such as patient experience measures.
Proof the project met or surpassed its original goal
Initiatives that have embedded and spread beyond their original setting to other departments, settings or organisations, or clear evidence the work is potentially replicable and scalable
Clear evidence the redesign has improved value in community services. Of interest will be projects which have simultaneously delivered financial savings and improved patient experience – creating value for taxpayers and patients alike. Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied.
- Clear evidence all relevant parties were involved in the redesign, including patients
- Work that is grounded in shared understanding between acute services, commissioners, primary care providers and voluntary organisations
- Commitment to supporting patients to take increasing responsibility for their own health, and to self-manage where possible