Local healthcare providers highly commended at national awards

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, working in partnership with local GPs, is delighted to announce that its Shared Referral Pathway was highly commended in the category of Cardiovascular Care Initiative of the Year at the 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 UK healthcare community, and to be recognised as highly commended in 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.

As well as being used to improve the care given to cardiology patients the pathway was also piloted with 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: “I’m delighted that all the hard work, effort 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 has been recognised in this way.

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

“This recognition 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.”

Deputy editor of the Health Service Journal Dave West offered his congratulations to those highly commended on their success; “We all know and appreciate what an incredibly tough and testing time this has been for so many of our colleagues working in the healthcare industry. That’s what makes it such an honour to be celebrating projects of such high calibre and significance.

“I offer my congratulations to all those involved in the development and implementation of the Shared Referral Pathway on being highly commended at this year’s HSJ Value Awards.”

Dr Colin Speers, local GP and Clinical Lead for Digital, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissiong Group (CCG) said: “It is really positive that this initiative has been recognised, which demonstrates how joined up working between primary care and The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust can make a real difference to patients. The Shared Referral Pathway can make a real difference to patients by improving access to the most appropriate care.”