A number of innovative health projects in the East Riding won three awards for NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at the recent Health Expo Awards 2016.
The CCG beat off local competition to win two top awards; one for ‘Success in partnership working’ with the Bridlington EASYCare pilot and one for ‘Mental health and wellbeing’ for its talking therapy communications campaign. The third award was ‘runner up’ in the ‘Excellence in patient and public involvement’ award’ for the CCG’s Healthy Lives Healthy Futures programme in Goole.
The EASYCare pilot, a joint Better Care initiative between the CCG; Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals; East Riding of Yorkshire Council and KCOM, provided a full assessment of older people in Bridlington to look at any wider needs and concerns that may affect their health and wellbeing. Over 1400 people took part and 900 evaluations helped 319 people access Health Trainers, minor aids, fire safety and accommodation/heating. Over £300,000 in benefit aid was awarded, life changing for some people.
The talking therapies communications campaign aimed to raise awareness of the new services available in the East Riding for people with moderate to severe anxiety or depression. It was very successful in supporting an additional 1500 people to get the help and care they needed.
The Healthy Lives Health Futures programme in Goole brought together a number of stakeholders including patients, public voluntary/community, MPs/Councillors and Goole hospital governors and staff to become actively involved in the design of healthcare services in the local area. An example of their good work was the development of repatriation whereby patients who have to attend acute services in Scunthorpe are now transferred to their local hospital in Goole at the earliest opportunity. This came directly from the insight provided by the group.
Jane Hawkard, Chief Officer, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I’m delighted our staff have won these awards as it shows recognition for a lot of hard work by a lot of people who feel passionately about how health and social care is delivered in the East Riding. These projects are great examples of true multi-agency, cross sector working to provide better care for patients using innovative approaches.”