Work of Bay Health and Care Partners recognised in shortlist for national awards

Bay Health and Care Partners (BHCP) are celebrating after a number of schemes were shortlisted in the national Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

Two schemes from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) a scheme from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTH) and further schemes from the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) – who support NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group – have been shortlisted for the awards – which are due to be announced at a ceremony in May.

The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seeks to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. The awards continue to recognise excellent use of resources and they also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in health outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.

The shortlisted entries from BHCP organisations and their categories are:

Improving The Value Of Diagnostic Services: The Better Care Together Advice and Guidance scheme has been nominated for its work with radiology services at UHMBT. Advice and Guidance allows GPs to receive help via a secure “electronic conversation” with hospital specialists – allowing more people to be treated closer to home in their community.

Improving Value Through Innovative Financial Management Or Procurement: UHMBT has been shortlisted for its sustainable efficiency savings programme – which aims to embed a savings culture into the organisation. This has seen savings, which are expected to be in excess of £12million this year, compared to £8-10million each year in the past.

Workforce Efficiency: Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for their Extensive Care Service in the Fylde area - a scheme which develops a package of care for patients with complex needs, and a single point of contact.

In addition the Midlands and Lancashire Clinical Support Unit have been shortlisted for two awards in the communications category (for work at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG) and one in the Improving The Value Of NHS Support Services category (for work implementing a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), called `Adam’, to place Continuing Healthcare (CHC) patients in the best possible care homes).

Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive of UHMB, said: “The fact that so many schemes led by Bay Health and Care Partner teams have been shortlisted for awards is really exciting and shows that we have a wealth of innovative and talented people working across Morecambe Bay and beyond.”

Alastair McLellan, HSJ Editor, said, “2017 is the year the NHS’s drive to improve the cost-effectiveness of its care moves from an important to a crucial factor in the service’s success. The entries to HSJ’s annual Value in Healthcare Awards provide plentiful evidence that all sectors of the NHS have recognised this and responded appropriately. For the NHS to be affordable it must operate in a sustainable manner. The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards show how hard the service is working to make that a reality.”

The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. These include:

  • Neil Hunt, Chief Executive, Royal College of GPs
  • Mike Kimmons, Chief Executive, British Orthopaedic Association
  • Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers
  • Julie Wood, Chief Executive, NHS Clinical Commissioners
  • Alison Wright, Vice President UK and Global Membership, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

For more information on the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards go to