December 3, 2013
Hundreds of hard-working primary and community practitioners filed into the opulent Lancaster Hotel in London on 27 November for the 2013 General Practice Awards. Each year the best of the best are invited to a five-star meal and awards ceremony, giving desk-ridden GP`s and nurses the chance to celebrate best practice – and Salford Heath Matters.
And Salford Heath Matters were there! Representing the Salford Children’s Community Partnership (SCCP) on the night were Helen McFarlane (Chair), Alison Holbourn and Nigel Gilmore (Non-Executive Directors), Dr Clare Gibbons (Clinical Director) and Neil Turton (Chief Executive).
And they won! The SCCP won the ‘Clinical Team of the Year – Children’s Health’ for the hard work by our dedicated practitioners Kevin Urdhin and Katie Barnes (Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners).
The Salford Children’s Community Partnership (SCCP) is a ground-breaking project developed to improve paediatric acute illness management in the community. Originally funded as an innovation project by the Department of Health, the project places an Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner (APNP) within a general practice setting in order to provide an expanded offer of care that aims to reduce unnecessary and distressing trips to A&E and improve the quality of acute care for poorly children based in the community where they live.
Chair of the Board of Salford Health Matters CIC, the social enterprise that hosts this project, said “It’s scary when your kids are ill. You want quick access to care from a clinician you trust. This project provides just that, right at the heart of the community in Little Hulton, one of the most deprived parts of Salford.’
Neil Turton, Chief Executive of Salford Health Matters said ‘This is a recognition of the hard work from our dedictaed chilren’s team, Kevin Urdhin and Katie Barnes, who have worked tirelessly to make this project a success. This award will help us to take the project to the next level – to share the expertise across all children and families in Little Hulton.’ Neil went on to say ‘At a time when the health service is rarely out of the news, usually for the wrong reasons, this project provides the NHS with a cost effective, high quality, and scalable model for paediatric acute admission avoidance based in the familiar setting of general practice.’
Katie Barnes, APNP and project lead, said ‘Early audit data from our evaluators shows that families will defer non-emergency A&E attendance for a high quality, child-specific service that is based. The results are quite spectacular as we have slashed the costs of paediatric acute admissions by about 40%, and at the same time achieve a satisfaction rating almost double the national benchmark for general practice and only rivaled by the likes of Apple for customer ratings.’
To see more photos from the awards visit http://www.generalpracticeawards.com/content/2013-winners-photo-gallery
For more information about the SCCP visit http://salfordhealthmatters.co.uk