Trust shortlisted for health award thanks to improvement work

A local hospital trust has been shortlisted for a national award for improvements to its clinical data.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) has been nominated for a HSJ (Health Service Journal) Partnership Award. This is a joint award with professional services firm Grant Thornton UK LLP in the ‘Best Consultancy Partnership with the NHS’ category. It recognises the work that took place to improve the Trust’s clinical data through the successful delivery of a clinical data improvement programme (CDIP).

In order to improve the quality and accuracy of the data, NLaG asked Grant Thornton to lead its clinical data improvement programme, working alongside the Trust to embed the change necessary in a way that enabled the Trust to maintain improvements at the end of the partnership.

Better clinical information improves patient care and the patient experience. The Trust’s clinical data is now more accurate for all its uses – clinical delivery, system planning or national reporting – and these improvements have been noted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and others, helping NLaG demonstrate the improvements it is making across all areas on its path out of special measures.

Jug Johal, director of estates and facilities, who was the senior responsible officer (SRO) for this programme of work, said: “We needed the insight and expert support necessary to improve our clinical data. I also knew that the only way this change would be sustainable was if the programme could be a true partnership between the Trust and Grant Thornton, so that the Trust felt genuine ownership of the changes being implemented, and so my staff could develop their own technical knowledge and improvement skills through the programme.”

Dr Shankar Kamath, consultant physician and geriatrician said: “The process has truly been a team effort with work from clinicians looking at diagnostic groups of patients, coders, staff from Grant Thornton, the medical directors taking the project forward and members of the Trust board (including the SRO) ensuring the resources and facilities were available with investment of time and effort. We should be able to use this approach to solve some of the other difficult issues that face us.”

The Trust and Grant Thornton will be presenting to the judging panel in February. Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony which will take place in June.

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