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10th August 2012
Dr Darin Seiger, pictured at Nene CCG's launch conference in May.
NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (Nene CCG), the organisation which will be taking on responsibility for purchasing the majority of health services in Northamptonshire from April 2012, has been nominated for four national awards.
The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) has shortlisted Nene CCG for its Vision Awards which take place in October, in the following categories:
1. Most Advanced CCG
2. Best Patient Engagement Initiative
3. Best Care Closer to Home (End of Life)
4. Best Efficiency Innovation (Care Home Advice Pharmacists)
Dr Darin Seiger, Chair of Nene CCG, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the NAPC Awards, which we have won on previous occasions.
“The fact we have been shortlisted for all these categories shows that we are leading the way in terms of commissioning high quality health services that are already making a huge difference to patients lives, and moving care closer to home.
“We are also committed to continual public engagement and patient involvement in shaping our services.”
Background to our award nominations:
Most Advanced CCG As an organisation, Nene has been commissioning health services since 2008, when it was first established as a Practice Based Commissioning GP consortium. Nene has won several NAPC awards in the past, including Most Advanced Practice Based Commissioning Consortium for two years running in 2008/09 and 2009/10. Nene has also been recognised by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley for the work we have done. We are the 5th largest CCG in the country.
Best Patient Engagement Initiative Nene has been nominated in the Patient Engagement category for our Shaping Nene work, in which we engaged with 1500 people face to face and 10,000 people that we had existing relationships with, culminating in our launch conference on 29th May 2012, attended by around 300 people.
Best Care Closer to Home (End of Life) Our End of Life service was commissioned after extensive public engagement, and as part of a national drive to improve choice for terminally ill patients over preferred place of death. Research shows that nationally, 70% of people say they would prefer to die at home, whereas in reality around 60% of people are still dying in hospital. The End of Life service has already reduced those dying in hospital by 9% by providing a support network of health, social care and voluntary organisations such as Age UK and Macmillan.
Best Efficiency Innovation (Care Home Advice Pharmacists) Finally, the Care Home Advice Pharmacist (CHAP) scheme has been a great success, reviewing the medication of 1660 often frail elderly patients and ensuring they have the most appropriate prescriptions, saving around £188,000 in the three years since the scheme was first instigated. Everything the team does is in partnership with the patients, their family, care home staff and their GP.