Croydon health partnership shortlisted for awards

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The One Croydon Alliance has been named a finalist in the 2020 Health Service Journal Awards, which acknowledges excellence in NHS health and social care.

The first award they have been shortlisted for is System Leadership Initiative of the Year, which credits health organisations that have shown evidence of working over multiple sectors to deliver a more unified form of care, building better services as a result.

They have also been announced as finalists for the Health and Local Government Partnership Award category, an award that acknowledges how the local NHS and other health authorities in the borough have found ways to work together and overcome the boundaries that exist between health and social care.

This year, One Croydon have prioritised getting health and care staff to form GP-led ‘huddles’, which are team-based meetings that help highlight those patients who GPs feel are the most at risk. According to their press release, this tactic resulted in: “more than 1,250 patients [avoiding] unnecessary hospital admissions.”

On top of this, the Croydon Health Services Trust was shortlisted for the Patient Safety Award for their development of Patienteer Covid software, Rosh Board, an electronic system that was made to help staff observe and treat diagnosed and undiagnosed covid-19 patients and protect other hospital patients. The system was named after Croydon University Hospital’s Chest Clinic Consultant Dr Roshan Siva who created it.

Who are One Croydon?
Created in 2017, One Croydon is a partnership between Age UK Croydon, Croydon Council, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Croydon GP Collaborative and the NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group. While the partnership first prioritised the care of Croydon’s elderly community, healthcare for all ages has now become their priority.

The Chief Executive of Croydon Health Services Trust and Place Based Leader for Health, Matthew Kershaw said in a press release from One Croydon Alliance: “We’re absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for these awards. This is recognition of the outstanding contribution made by all our partners in One Croydon, who have improved the lives of hundreds of people in the borough this year.”

Jill Kyne, the Chief Executive Officer (Interim) of Age UK Croydon, said in the statement: “Being shortlisted for these awards shows that Croydon is at the forefront of integrated care but also that we’re achieving significant results. We’re successfully linking the NHS, council and voluntary sector to provide seamless care and support closer to home – this is helping people stay out of  hospital and improving people’s lives.”

“These integrated care models are the future for everyone in Croydon.”

The winners of the Health Service Journal awards will be announced in March next year.

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