Partnership project improving care for frail and elderly patients shortlisted for national award

Health / Sun 20th Aug 2023 at 08:45am

A NEW care co-ordination system improving personalised care for thousands of frail and elderly patients across Mid and South Essex has been shortlisted for a national award. 

The electronic frailty care co-ordination system, a partnership project between Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) and Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System (ICS), has been shortlisted for an HSJ Award in the category of Data-Driven Transformation. 

The new tool enables everyone involved in a patient’s care to better understand their needs and ensure they receive personalised and joined up end of life, frailty and dementia care.

An electronic data collection system and care template allows health care professionals providing both physical and mental health care, including GPs, community teams, care home staff, hospice carers and emergency care practitioners, to see all care provided, avoiding duplication and ensuring it aligns with the patient’s care choices and personal care plan. 

The system is already having a positive impact on patient care, reducing incidents of patients being re-admitted to hospital following discharge and supporting patients to make decisions about their care and future.

Spencer Dinnage, Operational Service Manager for Older People’s Community Mental Health, Dementia and Frailty at EPUT, said: “I’m delighted and very proud that this important work has been shortlisted for a prestigious award – it is a testament to all those who have been involved in developing and delivering the project. It’s a great example of health and care professionals working together to provide personalised care and improved outcomes for some of the most vulnerable patients in our communities.”

Dr Sarah Zaidi, Ageing Well Steward at Mid and South Essex ICS, said: “These tools are really helping to improve quality of care for one of the most vulnerable groups in our population. They benefit both our patients and health and care staff, enabling us to work together more effectively to focus on what matters to all of the people we serve – delivering personalised care.”

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in London on 16 November this year.

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