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NHS respiratory service shortlisted for national award

NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is in the running for another national award, having been announced as a finalist for the Respiratory Medicine Team of the Year category in the 2014 British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards.

The BMJ Awards are recognised nationally as the leading medical industry awards and reward the hard work of doctors who are making a difference to the lives of their patients.

NHS organisations were asked to identify a specific respiratory medicine need among patients within their population and describe innovative services that are being delivered to meet those needs including measurable improvements in health outcomes for patients.

One in three people in Nottingham have a long-term health condition with more than 24,000 patients of the City’s 300,000 population registered as having either asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Nottingham City CCG developed a new Integrated Respiratory Service designed to improve the management of respiratory patients in the community, reducing the need for them to go to hospital. Launched in November 2012, it set out to provide an integrated model of care to patients who had a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of respiratory disease.

This new way of working has made dramatic improvements to primary care and provides real and significant support for the self-management of respiratory conditions. The service, available for all patients registered with a Nottingham City GP, provides levels of management and treatment according to the severity of their respiratory disease.

The CCG has worked closely with healthcare providers Nottingham CityCare Partnership, Nottingham University Hospitals, the local out-of-hours service (Nottingham Emergency Medical Services) and East Midlands Ambulance Service to make this innovative approach a success.

In the 12 months up to October 2013, hospital admissions for respiratory conditions (COPD, asthma and bronchiectasis) were down by just over 10 per cent year on year. In August 2013, admissions figures for the three respiratory conditions were down to their lowest point for two years.

Overall, since the service started, fewer people are now being admitted to hospital for respiratory conditions and patient surveys are reporting service satisfaction scores of up to 100 per cent. This joined-up approach has also led to better knowledge and shared understanding of fellow practitioners’ roles, from community nursing to GPs and secondary consultants.

Maria Principe, Director of Primary Care Development and Service Integration, said: “We are delighted to be in the running for another BMJ award. This is real recognition of our commitment to working in partnership with our hospital and community providers to improve services for patients and reduce hospital admissions.

“With a clear focus on patient care, we are actively involving our clinicians and patients in our planning and commissioning decisions and are making a name for ourselves as one of the leading CCGs in the country.”

Award winners will be announced at a special gala dinner to be held at the Park Plaza Hotel in London on 8 May 2014.

Published: 11 March 2014