Joint working initiative shortlisted for awards

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, working with local CCGs and primary care networks, is delighted to announce that its Shared Referral Pathway has been shortlisted in the categories of, Acute Service Redesign Initiative of the Year, Cardiovascular Care Initiative of the Year and HSJ Value Pilot Project of the Year at the HSJ Value Awards 2021.

HSJ Value Awards 2021

This recognises the outstanding dedication all those involved have given to making things better during an extremely challenging year for the NHS.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from hundreds of brilliant applicants, is a mark of real achievement for the Trust. The Shared Referral Pathway was selected based on diligence, ambition and the positive impact the project has had across the local healthcare system.

This pathway was designed and implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide additional support to patients whilst they are receiving care from their GP, as well as streamline the process of referring a patient into secondary care (hospital) should they need it.

It was piloted with cardiology, paediatric, respiratory and gynaecology patients and is now being rolled out in other areas.

Through collaborative working between the Trust and the primary care networks (GPs), after an initial call to the patient, consultants can now review their records and arrange any necessary tests via e-consultation. This all helps to determine if the patient actually needs to be referred to hospital or if they can be looked after appropriately by their GP. Indeed, when piloted with cardiology patients in the region, GP referrals to hospital dropped by 70%.

Martin Barkley, Chief Executive, at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these three awards. It recognises the collaborative efforts and dedication of more than 80 different people from our trust, two CCGs and the primary care networks over the last 12 months, to successfully implement the new Shared Referral Pathway.

“We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients and the wider organisation even throughout challenging times, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.

“This nomination has been a tremendous boost to all the teams involved, both in the Trust and externally. I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve.”

Dr Colin Speers, local GP and Clinical Lead for Digital, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissiong Group (CCG) said: “This initiative demonstrates how joined up working between primary care and The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust can make a real difference to patients by improving access to the most appropriate care.” 

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan comments: “We would like to congratulate The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust on being shortlisted in three categories for the HSJ Value Awards 2021.

“This year’s finalists have not only contributed to the continued fight against the Covid-19 pandemic within the NHS but have also been exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.

“We are honoured to be recognising and celebrating their outstanding work after what is, no doubt, the most challenging year in the history of the NHS. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in June."

The winners will be selected following a rigorous, second stage of judging ahead of the HSJ Value Awards 2021 awards ceremony. Held at Manchester Central at the end of June, the evening will provide a great opportunity for influential figures to unite and celebrate the achievements of their industry peers. The awards evening is expected to be attended by leaders and professionals from within the NHS.

The full list of finalists for the 2021 HSJ Value Awards can be found on the shortlist website.