The ageing population and rise in the number of older people with multiple long-term conditions presents challenges to a public sector in which health and local government traditionally operate in silos. The creation of Health and Wellbeing Boards, and initiatives including the Better Care Fund, have specifically attempted to break down these boundaries – with the development of sustainability and transformation plans trying to embed that joined-up approach.
This award will recognise NHS health organisations and local authorities which have already made progress in working together. Our judges will be looking for evidence of strong, collaborative partnerships which are leading to demonstrable improvements for patients and citizens.
Judging Criteria :
- A clear rationale for specific efforts to bolster partnerships between health and local government describing the context with supporting information.
- What is the nature of the partnership and what challenges are being addressed?
- Describe the team involved in the collaboration in terms of expertise and experience.
- What planning in place and what targets are set? Provide evidence on financial and outcome goals.
- Provide a description of the results of the partnership, were targets met and what challenges were faced?
- Evidence that improving partnerships between health and local government has led to improved patient care, improved experience, improved outcomes and/or improved value for money. This must have a quantitative aspect, but can include qualitative feedback as well.
- Give detail on how partnership working has demonstrably spread throughout organisations and the local area.
- How has the partnership team worked to inform and share the learnings achieved?
- How has the partnership added value to services including descriptions of capacity, efficiency and sharing of information? How has this improved outcomes and value for money?
- What impact has there been on staff including their ability to deliver quality care and their satisfaction?
- Provide quantitative evidence that value for money has improved as a result of the strengthened partnerships between health and local government.
- Describe the engagement of staff at all levels, on both the health and the local government sides
- What involvement of citizens and patients has been included in the planning and operations and what feedback is sought? Provide evidence of positive impact of engagement.