Primary Care Initiative of the Year - HSJ Value Awards 2019
Primary care is under unsustainable pressure: dwindling numbers of GPs coupled with rapidly increasing demand represents a significant challenge to the sustainability of the NHS.
This award will recognise those who are implementing innovative approaches that improve the value and efficiency of primary care. This could be through the improved use of technology, better use of community resources through social prescribing and the like, or medicines optimisation.
It is likely projects will include new or expanded roles for nurses, pharmacists, and other staff groups. We are also particularly interested in examples of primary care initiatives that achieve efficiency savings and improved patient care for example, by working well at scale.
Judges are looking for initiatives from any primary care organisation including GPs and GP collectives, dentists, optometrists which have delivered improved value for money, service delivery and patient experience. Private service providers are also welcome to submit on behalf of clients.
- Explain the context for the initiative including information about capacity, efficiency, financial and patient feedback. Why was there a need for change or improvement?
- An explanation of how it aimed to achieve improved value in the delivery of primary care 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 primary care services. This should include a quantitative aspect – improved patient outcomes, for instance, or reductions in avoidable patient episodes – and can also include qualitative outcomes such as patient experience measures. Describe in detail any structural changes that were needed.
Did the team work with any other primary care teams at adopting best practice and does the initiative have potential for adoption elsewhere. How has this been managed?
Clear evidence the project has improved value in primary 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 all relevant parties were involved in the redesign, including patients
- Projects which support patients to self-care when appropriate
- Detail any work with partners across the NHS or work with private service providers which helped achieve the outcomes