NHS West Hampshire wins two ‘Excellence’ categories in Parliamentary Awards
Local MPs endorse NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for excellence in the NHS Parliamentary Awards
Two innovative healthcare projects which support people in Hampshire have been chosen as regional winners for the prestigious Parliamentary Awards, and have been shortlisted for the national awards.
Regional winner for ‘Excellence in Primary Care’
NHS West Hampshire’s Quality Team introduced an early warning system in local care homes to help staff decide if a resident is just ‘under the weather’ or at risk of a serious illness, like sepsis.
When care and nursing home staff see that a resident is becoming unwell, they can use the system called ‘Restore2’ to combine these ‘soft signs’ with standard observations, using the National Early Warning Score, and get the right level of urgent or emergency help.
The National Early Warning Score returns a score between 0 and 20 based on the results of:
- Breathing rate
- Blood oxygen level
- Blood pressure
- Level of consciousness or new confusion*
- Body temperature
Patients with a score of five or more are at risk of severe illness and poor recovery and need urgent assessment and treatment. The tool supports local GP’s to make an assessment around what care is required when and by whom and to intervene promptly. West Hampshire CCG is trailblazing the roll out to care homes and has already had enquiries from colleagues in Lancashire, Surrey, Sussex, Somerset and Berkshire, who are keen to learn about the CCG’s initiative.
Matthew Richardson, Deputy Director of Quality and Nursing said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised by such a high profile national NHS award. We are grateful for the support and enthusiasm from our local care homes who have really run with Restore2. We know it works – care homes have told us that because of the CCG’s initiative they have been able to identify residents at risk and prevent them from getting really ill.”
Regional winner for ‘Excellence in Healthcare’
The ICON Preventative Programme, which supports parents and carers to cope with a crying baby, reducing the risk of Abusive Head Trauma, was the regional winner of ‘Excellence in Healthcare’
An inability to cope with a crying baby is one of the key reasons that caregivers can lose control and shake a baby, which can cause lasting damage or death.
The word ‘ICON’ represents the following message:
• I – Infant crying is normal
• C – Comforting methods can sometimes soothe the baby
• O – It’s OK to walk away
• N – Never, ever shake a baby
The ICON Programme incorporates these messages through a series of touch point interventions across a range of universal NHS services for children and families. It also incorporates a simple ‘safe sleep’ message.
Kim Jones, Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children for NHS West Hampshire CCG said:
“We are over the moon to be recognised for such a simple but powerful campaign
“Over a relatively short time-span we have managed to make a real difference in safeguarding our next generation. It’s really heartening, and we’ve had a lot of interest in the ICON programme from NHS services elsewhere in the country.”
This programme has been delivered in partnership representatives from the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board.