NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH) have been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Awards, in the category of innovative use of ‘technology and data in nursing’.
Now in their 27th year, The Nursing Times Awards represents excellence in nursing and patient care from across the UK’s health sector.
The award nomination is for the development of a new information gathering and patient assessment tool known as ‘GATE’, which is supporting health professionals to deliver a more proactive model of care for vulnerable patients in Liverpool.
The GATE tool (Generic Assessment Tool and Evaluation) allows Community Care Teams – including GPs, District Nurses, Community Matrons, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Therapists and other specialist nursing teams - to identify those at a high risk of a hospital admission, and proactively provide support to keep them safe, well, and able to remain at home.
This additional support could include crisis intervention and short-term care plans to help prevent an unnecessary hospital admission following a sudden deterioration in health, or longer-term packages of care to support the ongoing management of long-term conditions at home.
The GATE tool was developed for use by Community Care Teams, in partnership between Liverpool CCG, Liverpool Community Health, Mersey Care, Liverpool City Council and Informatics Merseyside.
It is a key part of the community services strand of the five year Healthy Liverpool transformation programme which aims to create a more sustainable health and social care system which is centred around the needs of local people.
The approach was initially developed and piloted in a small neighbourhood area of South Liverpool, but has been adopted by all 92 GP practices across the city. It is already contributing to a reduction of avoidable hospital admissions across the city, with local performance figures showing that avoidable emergency admissions are down by 10% compared to the previous year (2015/16), bucking the national trend of 4% increase.
Dr Rachel Disley, a local GP and Neighbourhood Lead for South Liverpool, was part of the team behind the tool. She explains:
“Last year we introduced a new way of organising ourselves as GPs, working closely with health and social care professionals through Community Care Teams, in order to help remove organisational barriers and provide a more person-centred model of care for patients receiving out of hospital treatment.
“The GATE is a fantastic assessment tool which is supporting us in this new way of working, and is helping us to be relentlessly pro-active in ensuring that patients receive the care they need in the community as quickly as possible, without being passed around the system.”
Dr Janet Bliss, Clinical Director for Community Services at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said of the shortlisting:
“We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for a Nursing Times Awards in recognition of the innovation behind our development of the GATE assessment tool, which is playing an important part in our transformation of community services city-wide.
“It is a huge credit to the hard work and commitment of our community teams who have supported the development of the GATE tool, which is already successfully supporting many vulnerable people in our communities to keep well, remain independent and stay out of hospital wherever possible.”
Jenni Middleton, Editor of Nursing Times added: “The Nursing Times Awards gives us an opportunity each year to see outstanding quality improvement projects from nurses and the teams they work with. It never ceases to amaze me that at a time when we see the NHS and the healthcare provider space is so stretched that nurses continue to find the energy, passion and motivation to innovate for the benefit of their patients, service users and residents.
“Across the board in all clinical areas and care settings – from the community to hospitals to care homes and beyond, we see nurses challenging the status quo and working hard to provide better quality, safer care and a better experience for those who use their services. The Nursing Times Awards is truly a celebration of their hard work, drive and talent. We salute them, and I congratulate everyone who is shortlisted.”
The winners of the 2017 Nursing Times Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on 2 November in London.
For more information go to https://awards.nursingtimes.net
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