Surgical Services Initiative of the Year - HSJ Value Awards 2019
The ability to perform more and more procedures on a day case basis has significantly increased the efficiency and value of surgery in recent decades. The reality, however, is that day case rates continue to vary across England, and there are many other variations in surgical services that could be eliminated to help deliver more for less. Standardising equipment and methods, for example, can deliver greatly increased value alongside improved safety. Getting It Right First Time focuses much on the improvements needed in reducing variation of services in this area and entrants should include application of GIRFT in their entry.
This award will recognise the individuals, teams and organisations bolstering value and performance in surgery. These are the people taking on the challenge of further improving surgical performance – and succeeding
Entrants will be NHS teams providing surgical services which have created initiatives to improve capacity, whilst enhancing patient safety, reducing variation and improving patient experience.
- A clear rationale for the project. What is the context for the initiative?
- An explanation of how it aimed to achieve improved value in surgical services
- An explanation of how the project plan was informed by existing best practice or evidence
- Evident dedication to eliminating unwarranted variation
- A demonstrable focus on patient safety alongside efficiency improvements
Evidence the project has led to improved value in the surgical services. This should include a quantitative aspect – for instance: reduced infection rates, fewer readmissions, lower costs for procedures – and can also include qualitative outcomes such as patient experience measures.
Initiatives that are demonstrably or potentially scalable and replicable across other NHS teams, departments or organisations. How are the team involved working to inform and share learnings from this initiative?
Clear evidence the initiative has improved value in surgical 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.
How have the surgical team worked with reliant and stakeholder colleagues and teams at implementing the initiative, maintaining the levels of success and work together to continuously improve.