SALFORD TOGETHER – the city’s integrated care programme bringing health and social care together for adults – has made the shortlist for the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) 2016 Awards.
For 35 years the HSJ Awards have recognised, celebrated, and promoted the finest achievements in NHS, and showcased them to the service’s most influential leaders.
The winners will be announced at the InterContinental O2, London, on 23 November and the Salford partnership – entered under the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government category – will take its place alongside eleven other candidates.
Councillor Tracy Kelly, Salford City Council lead member for adult services, health and wellbeing, said: “This award shortlisting is testament to the power of partnership in and across Salford.
“The bringing together of adult social care services with NHS services has undeniably been a huge step for the city. But it’s one that we’ve taken with boldness as we seek to lead the way as pioneers in our field.
“By bringing contributions of social workers, GPs, district nurses, mental health professionals, care homes, voluntary organisations and local hospitals into a more joined-up system, we can help people stay at home longer and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.
“We believe this will deliver improved and more personalised services for residents and, in the face of reduced resources and increasing demand, protect and enhance the fantastic services and staff we have developed throughout Salford over many years.”
Jack Sharp, Executive Director of Service Strategy and Development at Salford Royal, said: “It is pleasing to be recognised in this way, but we refuse to be complacent by any means.
“The whole concept of integrated care in Salford has its foundation in a long history of partnership working and this has enabled Salford Together to strive forward with equal ambition and innovation.
“By combining our skills, expertise and knowledge, the care we provide will be more person-focussed and joined-up; helping reduce need for hospital admissions and also cutting the length of hospital stays.
“This way of working will give people the appropriate support they need to effectively self-manage their own care in the comfort of their own home and communities.”
Alastair McLellan, editor, HSJ, said: “With the NHS experiencing a tough time as funding fails to keep up with demand, the HSJ Awards are once again the best reminder of the excellence the service is capable of.
“Taken together the entries to the HSJ Awards represent work which, directly or indirectly, has saved thousands of lives and enhanced many times that number.”
As part of Salford’s approach to integrated care, July witnessed the launch of an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO), led by Salford Royal, following four years work by them, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford City Council and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
The work of the ICO aims to complement that being carried regionally by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, and Salford’s locality plan was been developed with the ICO in mind.
The ICO includes more than 2,000 staff across adult community, mental and acute health and social care services with a budget of £213m.
More integration is expected with the re-design of the way GPs currently work across the city.