Award success for projects

Projects supported by the network have hit the spotlight by winning a series of awards.

Projects supported by the network have hit the spotlight by winning a series of awards.

First it was the falls prevention work carried out for the network by NEAS, which won gold at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards, taking top spot in the Most Innovative NHS Education Provider category.

The scheme has helped care home staff to reduce A&E admissions by preventing falls, recognising clinical deterioration earlier, and monitoring more effectively.

Next up was the GP Direct Bookings via NHS 111 project, which took first prize in the Primary and Community Care category, as well as being shortlisted for a national HSJ award. This scheme has signed up more than 90% of North East practices, putting our region in the forefront of change within the NHS nationally.

More than 10,000 appointments have already been booked electronically through NHS 111, helping the NHS to direct patients to the right service and reducing the risk of individual patients disregarding clinical advice by turning up at A&E after being referred to their GP by call handlers.

Then the NHS Child Health app – which has now been downloaded over 15,000 times by North East families – has also won the Best Use of Insight category at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Northern Awards.

Meanwhile, Respond mental health crisis training was shortlisted for an Innovation in Mental Health Award at this year’s Health Business Awards.