Cardiology project shortlisted for award

An innovative cardiology project has caught the attention of national leaders and has been shortlisted for an award.

The Connected Health Network cardiology pilot, which has been developed by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust together with Meridian Health Group, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Forward Healthcare Awards 2021.

The cardiology pilot has been chosen as a finalist in the early-stage pilot or early adopter of the year category. The awards recognise outstanding work taking place in the world of health and care.

The cardiology pilot saw the creation of a new model of care where primary and secondary care (GPs and hospitals) work together as one clinical network.

Dr Simon Thackray, the lead cardiologist for the pilot, said: “Everyone who has worked so hard on this project are delighted to have been shortlisted for a national award.

When the idea was born for this new way of working, we wanted to make sure we put the patient at the heart of how we provide their care, and this new model does exactly that. For a lot of patients, they don’t want to have to make multiple visits to hospital, especially with the advent of COVID-19.”

This model of care dispenses with the need for the GP to make a referral to a hospital, instead they work directly with the hospital specialist to agree what treatment can be safely delivered in primary care.

Dr Thackray said: “It is a win-win for the patient, as well as the GP, as they have access to specialist advice to support in providing ongoing care. If they need specialist diagnostics, or to see a specialist, they can arrange that quickly and efficiently.”

Between July 2020 and May 2021, the pilot saw 633 patients, and every patient had a digital literacy assessment. A roll out across other Primary Care Networks has recently commenced and plans are now being developed across other specialties.

The teams will find out this month if they are winners.

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