Shortlisted for the HSJ Partnership Awards for the third time

Company news Virtual ward, Partnerships, Awards & accreditations 05th Dec 2022

HomeLink Healthcare is delighted to announce that for the third time we have been shortlisted for an HSJ Partnership Award in the ”Best Healthcare Provider Partnership with the NHS” category.

Following being shortlisted in 2020 and 2022, this year it is our Hospital at Home partnership with NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) and NHS Trusts across Norfolk and Waveney ICS that has been shortlisted.

The national health and care sectors have faced innumerable pressures over the past 12 months. At the same time the standard and overriding positivity of the partnerships this year across Norfolk and Waveney highlight an enduring dedication to improving patient outcomes.

Being shortlisted for a HSJ Partnership Award shows confidence in this worthwhile project. It ensures that the team’s efforts and relentless work to improve the lives of our patients is nationally recognised.

The HSJ Partnership Awards recognise and honour the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. This prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, is not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our new integrated health and care system.

Designed by NHS Trusts, NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB and HomeLink Healthcare, our project was a testbed for Norfolk and Waveney ICS and independent sector collaboration. The project was set up to respond to exceptional capacity challenges and we have analysed how this approach could be used across the ICS footprint and beyond.

24,000 bed days have been saved at 45% of the equivalent inpatient cost.

The virtual ward and early supported discharge services being provided are enabled by technology. They are rated as excellent by patients and provided measurable system benefits. The partnership has been deemed a success and the scope and scale have been extended. The project now frees up the equivalent of two hospital wards every day.

The award judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. HomeLink Healthcare and our multiple partners across Norfolk and Waveney are delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist, despite tough competition from a pool of brilliant applications

The Hospital at Home partnership has been selected based on our combined diligence, ambition, and the positive impact that the project has had on both practitioners and patients within the health care industry.

Our partners on this project include Norfolk and Waveney ICS, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Frankie Swords, Medical Director, NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said:

“I am thrilled that this dynamic and innovative partnership has been recognised nationally as part of the 2023 HSJ Partnership Awards.

“The virtual wards in Norfolk and Waveney are going from strength to strength. Being able to provide effective and safe care virtually means we can not only discharge patients in a more timely way, it also supports their onward recovery journey, enabling people to recover in a more familiar setting to them, suited to their individual needs. I wish the partnership every success at the awards ceremony and look forward to this work developing even further.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan comments:

“We would like to congratulate HomeLink Healthcare on being nominated in the category of Best Healthcare Provider Partnership with the NHS ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in March, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 awards ceremony. The awards evening is expected to be attended by national healthcare leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds to celebrate innovation and collaboration in healthcare.

The selected winners will be announced during a private ceremony at Evolution London, on 23 March 2023. We wish the best of luck to all those involved!

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