NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been shortlisted in the Compassionate Patient Care category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards in partnership with de Poel health + care, to be held on 23 November at Intercontinental O2, London.
The CCG has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, Local Borough Councils, The Royal British Legion, and SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force Association).
The partnership work with local Voluntary Sector Service and Health and Social Care partner organisations to provide support to our local Armed Forces Veterans. The purpose of the Covenant is to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the members of the armed forces living in the local community, particularly those who have given the most. This applies to current and ex-members of the Armed Forces, families and widow(er)s living in Northamptonshire.
Nene CCG have full engagement from our local GP Practices supporting the health needs of our Veterans, their families and members of the Armed Forces. This was achieved by working directly with the practices supplying materials and advice to enable them to help move the project forward.
As lead for the project and a Veteran herself Pat Haslam (Locality Administrator) and the team are committed to improving access to healthcare for our local Veterans ensuring they can access the right services to address their needs.
In addition to the support provided to GP Practices, Nene CCG has also provided local GPs training on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to help them identify veterans and their families who may benefit from support.
Since the scheme launched practices across Northamptonshire have increased their registration of Veterans and members of the Armed Forces by 539%.
Dr Darin Seiger, GP Chair at Nene CCG said:
“The work that Pat, the team and our partners in the Armed Forces Covenant have been doing is a great example of supporting the specific needs of our local community. They exemplify a commendable passion and determination to go further for our patient population. We are delighted at Nene CCG, that the team's work is being nationally recognised.”
The Nene CCG Armed Forces Covenant Team are also sharing their learning from the project with 17 other CCGs and Health and Social Care organisations around the country to promote how the Armed Forces Covenant can support veterans and their families within local healthcare.
For 35 years the HSJ Awards, have recognised, celebrated, and promoted the finest achievements in NHS, and showcased them to the service's most influential leaders.
Over that time the HSJ Awards have grown to become the most sought after accolade in British healthcare – and very probably the largest awards programme of its type in the world. With 23 categories to choose from, the awards reflect the full spectrum of the NHS's services and challenges.
Shortlisted entrants demonstrated outstanding practice and innovation that helped to improve patient care and enhance value and efficiency and have overcome fierce competition to be judged as among UK healthcare's leading exponents.
The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector.
The awards will be presented out at an inspirational ceremony on 23 November 2016 at Intercontinental O2, London.
Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said:
"With the NHS experiencing a tough time as funding fails to keep up with demand, the HSJ Awards are once again the best reminder of the excellence the service is capable of. Taken together the entries to the HSJ Awards represent work which, directly or indirectly, has saved thousands of lives and enhanced many times that number."