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16th October 2008
A scheme developed by a consortium of Northamptonshire GPs has been recognised at a prestigious national award ceremony. The innovative Care Homes Initiative which improves the care of people in Northamptonshire Care Homes was “Highly Commended” in the NHS Alliance Acorn Awards.
The award was presented today (16th October) to Nene Commissioning, a community interest company which brings together 61 local GP practices in re-designing health services to benefit people across the county.
The Care Homes Initiative is a scheme which sees Care Homes linked with one or a small number of local GP practices. This improves communication between GPs and care home staff and, in turn, improves the care for patients as they will see the same set of GPs on a regular basis. In the past, GPs could be required to visit Care Homes across the county if their patients were admitted, which involved visiting a large number of homes all with their own different systems. It also meant that each care home could be visited by a considerable number of practices. Now, a single relationship is developed which benefits the homes, the GPs and the patients alike
Dr Darin Seiger, the Moulton GP who chairs the Nene Commissioning Board says “This award is national recognition for an innovative scheme which will benefit local people and GPs in a number of ways. Nene Commissioning is a new organisation and to win/be nominated for such a prestigious award is a fantastic boost for the 270 GPs who are providing the clinical leadership for this and many other schemes.”