Trust services shortlisted in national HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards

16 Feb 2017

The work of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust to continue to transform services has been recognised within learning disabilities services and improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) after both were chosen as finalists in this year’s HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards.

Our Learning Disability (LD) directorate have been shortlisted in the Community Health Service Redesign category, while the Healthy Minds Stoke-on-Trent IAPT team has been chosen as a finalist in the Improving the Value of Primary Care Services category.

Over the past two years the LD directorate has redesigned the way it delivers services. A fully integrated care pathway has been developed, linking the Community Learning Disability Team, Intensive Support Team and Assessment and Treatment inpatient service.

This has led to the average length of stay for patients having fallen by 75% to under 100 days, enabling people to remain in their own homes, where previously they may have experienced a breakdown in their placement or an unnecessary and costly admission to hospital. Linked to this, the directorate has been able to reduce the number of inpatient beds it requires by half, in line with NHS England guidance.

Healthy Minds has transformed itself to become one of the country’s top performers in offering improving services. It is a partnership between the Trust, Changes and North Staffs Mind supporting people aged over-18 with mild to moderate depression and anxiety who either live in the city or are registered with a Stoke-on-Trent GP.

The percentage of self-referrals has improved considerably from 21.4% in April 2015 to 77% in December 2016. Similarly, the percentage of those contacted by the service within three days has gone up from 75.9% to 97.6% for the same period, while the rate of those assessed within 14 days has increased from 64.9% to 98.6%. Importantly, the percentage of those using the service who have moved into recovery has risen from 36.6% to 63.2% - well above the 50% target set down for the team.

“We are delighted that two of our most innovative and successful services have received national recognition by being shortlisted in the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards,” said Medical Director Dr Buki Adeyemo.

“Our Learning Disabilities service has reshaped itself to meet the often complex needs of its service users and in doing so has distinguished itself as a truly outstanding service.

“Over the past 12-18 months, Healthy Minds has become one of the best performing IAPT services in the country. It has achieved this through a mixture of innovation, hard work and by enhancing its partnership with local GPs – all of which is helping people with mild or moderate mental health difficulties to receive the support they need to move into recovery.”

The awards take place on 24 May in London.