Sevenhills+ Primary Care Network SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 HSJ AWARDS
The Sevenhills+ Primary Care Network, including Handsworth Medical Practice, Darnall Health Centre, The Medical Centre, Clover Practice, Clover City Practice, Heeley Green Surgery and Buchanan Road Surgery, is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for a major national award, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare.
The Sevenhills+ Primary Care Network has been shortlisted in the primary care innovation category at the 2020 HSJ Awards for their COVID-19 Vulnerable Patient Visiting Service. The service was selected based on its ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that project had on vulnerable patients in the Sevenhills area.
The judging panel is made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT, Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, Black Country Healthcare FT and Caroline Beardall, Director of Workforce and OD, NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East.
Over 1300 vulnerable people in Sheffield have so far benefited from the COVID-19 Vulnerable Patient Visiting Service which is funded by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The service aims to reach out to vulnerable and frail people who may not be seeking help due to the fear of attending their GP practice during the COVID-19 crisis.
Dr Lucy Cormack, Clinical Director for the Sevenhills Primary Care Network and Primary Care Sheffield practices, said,
“The home visiting service is making a massive difference to patients in the area. Just some of the examples of people we’ve been able to help are a 90 year old diabetic who thought they were okay but actually turned out to need an urgent GP appointment due to some worrying symptoms and an 80 year old diabetic whose blood sugar has drastically improved since being seen.
“We have also seen and been able to help people who are struggling to buy food, people worried about their memory, weight gain and people dealing with pain or not able to get around the house.”
A patient treated through the service, said: “As a patient with multiple illnesses and who was shielding in this COVID 19 Pandemic I found the service provided by my doctor’s surgery and our Primary Care Network extremely helpful and reassuring.
“I did not feel isolated or neglected. My doctor’s surgery made regular courtesy telephone calls to enquire if I was alright or needed any help. “
Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual Benchmarking and recognition programme for healthcare. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.
The full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Awards can be found on https://awards.hsj.co.uk/2020-shortlist.
Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.