West Yorkshire NHS organisations nominated for HSJ Value in Healthcare Award

Four West Yorkshire NHS organisations have been shortlisted for the Value and Improvement in Commissioning Support Services Award at the 2014 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards for their Respiratory Quality Improvement Programme.

The programme, implemented by West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit (WSYB CSU), NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, NHS Bradford City CCG and NHS Bradford Districts CCG has been shortlisted for improving the management and treatment of respiratory conditions including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

The 18-month programme, which ran from May 2012 to November 2013, helped to reduce hospital admissions caused by COPD and asthma by 6.3% across an area with a high incidence of long term respiratory conditions, a high prevalence of smoking and high early mortality rates.

It also promoted the importance of self-care and management plans for patients with respiratory conditions, which is vital in an area in which 8.4% of the patient population (approximately 45,000 people) are affected by asthma and COPD. The programme helped to give patients confidence to manage their conditions, reducing pressure on NHS services.

Partnerships between NHS organisations in community, primary and secondary care services were strengthened through the programme, such as the respiratory specialist nurse service, the Home Oxygen Assessment Service and pulmonary rehabilitation services.

Participation across the areas was high, with 68 of 80 GP practices adopting the programme’s quality improvement recommendations. This, along with improved communications between NHS services, helped to improve the referral infrastructure for patients, streamlining respiratory care services without the need for additional funding.

Dr Wendy Passant, clinical specialty lead for respiratory conditions for the Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCGs, said: “This initiative came in response to high levels of admission rates for asthma and COPD in the district. People with asthma or COPD need consistent, clear messages from health professionals about managing their condition.

“We are delighted to have been nominated for this award as it reflects all the hard work and commitment of local GP practices and other health professionals to help patients understand more about their condition and the support that is available to help them.”

Dr Adeel Iqbal, long-term conditions lead for NHS Bradford City CCG, said: “We have had some fantastic results: more patients on exercise programmes to help build their physical fitness, almost 9,000 more patients with a self-management plan, an increase in stop smoking advice given and more patients using their inhaler properly.

“All of this has supported patients to stay out of hospital for longer and have more confidence in keeping themselves well. It has also raised the profile of respiratory medicine and made practices more aware of the importance of the treatment and management of asthma and COPD.”

The 2014 HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards celebrate outstanding efficiency by NHS organisations. The awards recognise excellent use of resources and improvements in outcomes, both within clinical and non-patient facing areas of the NHS and take place on 23 September at Grosvenor House in London.