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Local health organisations receive national awards for innovative projects

Local health and care organisations have been recognised for their work in the national HSJ partnership awards, winning two gold awards as well as a bronze award.

Jeff Farrar, Chair of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB, said:

“It is great to see local health and care services receive national recognition for their exceptional dedication and collaborative efforts. Their innovation and commitment to delivering top quality services are invaluable assets to the local health and care system and population we serve”

The Innovative Partnership Workforce Solution to Support Endoscopy Training Lists took home both the Best Healthcare Provider Partnership with the NHS Award, as well as the Staffing Solution of the Year Award.

The work is a collaboration between Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB, North Bristol Trust, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston FT, Health Education England, NHS England, InHealth Group, InHealth – Prime Endoscopy and the South West Endoscopy Training Academy (SWETA).

As demand for gastrointestinal endoscopy continues to rise, so does the importance of planning and training a future endoscopy workforce. With training of future endoscopists limited by current acute endoscopy unit capacity, this innovative approach offers an alternative option to support and accelerate endoscopy training and increase capacity that ultimately supports patient care.

Dr Ana Terlevich, Clinical Lead for Endoscopy at North Bristol NHS Trust and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board, said:

“We were thrilled to receive these two awards for the training of our clinical endoscopists across Bristol.

“This has been such a great collaborative project working with our NHS colleagues and those in the independent sector and we are so proud of the clinical endoscopists who have come through the programme.”

Dr Steve Dixon Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopy Lead for UHBW and Trudy Reed Consultant Practitioner in Endoscopy for UHBW and Clinical Endoscopist Training Lead for SWETA, said:

“We are delighted to involved in this collaborative effort between endoscopy leaders at UHBW, NBT, SWETA and InHealth, and glad it was recognised for its pioneering approach to expanding endoscopy training.

“The programme has already trained four clinical endoscopists in key diagnostic procedures with further trainees currently in programme.

“The collaboration will see rapid expansion in clinical endoscopist numbers as the region seeks to increase resource and ensure patients can receive care when they need it.”

The local NHS@Home service also won a bronze award in the Virtual Care Project of the year category.

NHS@Home offers healthcare in a person’s home or normal place of residence, rather than in hospital. It uses a mixture of phone and video calls, face-to-face visits from healthcare professionals and remote monitoring through digital technology to support recovery.

Sue Porto, Chief Executive, Sirona care & health, said:

“Receiving this award from HSJ is a fantastic achievement and a positive recognition of the great collaborative working which has happened to deliver NHS@Home to the people we serve across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

“Our NHS@Home service ensures people can leave hospital sooner or avoid going into hospital as part of our home first approach.

“This ensures their conditions can be monitored while they benefit from the independence being in the place you call home offers you.

“I am proud of our teams within Sirona and across all the partner organisations involved in delivering this service.”