Emergency, Urgent and Trauma Care Efficiency Initiative of the Year - HSJ Value Awards 2019
The pressures on emergency medicine are well known and dominate headlines every winter. Increased attendance at emergency departments and increased admissions have left many trusts struggling to consistently reach the four-hour target.
Efficiency drives, collaboration with internal and external partners and the introduction of technologies to manage capacity and care can all contribute to improvements in the delivery of service. Driving an initiative whilst managing the costs and delivering value is difficult. This award recognises these challenges and looks to celebrate achievements and improvements that result in better outcomes.
Winners of this award will be emergency and trauma teams and departments which have created the most significant efficiencies. Judges are also looking for NHS partners who have demonstrably contributed toward an initiative.
- A clear rationale for the project
- An explanation of how it aimed to achieve improved value in the delivery of emergency, urgent or trauma care
- An explanation of how the project plan was informed by existing best practice or evidence
- A demonstrable focus on patient safety alongside efficiency improvement
- A system-wide approach that goes beyond individual departments to other areas in the organisation, and to commissioners and other stakeholders in the local health economy – including social care
Evidence the project has led to improved value in the delivery of emergency, urgent or trauma care. This should include a quantitative aspect – for instance, demonstrable reductions in waiting times, improved patient outcomes, reductions in avoidable admissions, reductions in revision surgery – and can also include qualitative measures such as patient experience measures, or staff satisfaction. For emergency services, proof of improved morale, retention and recruitment will be of interest.
Initiatives that have embedded and perhaps spread beyond their original setting to other involve departments or organisations, or evidence the work is potentially replicable and scalable
Clear evidence the redesign has improved value in emergency, urgent or trauma care. 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 that all relevant parties were involved in the redesign, including patient groups. Demonstrably strong partnerships across and beyond the hospital, with a common understanding of the challenges faced by emergency, urgent or trauma care and an agreement on how to best overcome them