With the intention that all sustainability and transformation partnerships will evolve into integrated care systems by April 2021, efforts to dissolve traditional barriers between health organisations – and between the NHS and other parts of the public sector – are becoming ever-more important. There are undoubtedly challenges along the way, from information governance to creating the culture that supports a very different way of working.
This award will recognise groups of organisation which are succeeding in delivering more integrated services. Judges will be particularly interested in examples which bring together partners from across the public sector as well as from the voluntary and community sector. They will be keen to see concrete evidence that greater integration has improved the quality of health services, whether through increased patient satisfaction or through greater financial value.
The award is open to any integrated care partnership that incorporates an NHS organisation. The partnership could either be focused on a specific service or patient cohort or be a broader change of approach within a local health and care economy.
Judging Criteria :
- What was the rationale for this specific type of integration within this specific health and care economy?
- How did the approach differ from what had come before?
- How was the new integration approach developed and tested?
- How was baseline performance measured and appropriate outcome measures developed?
- How has this specific integration led to improved patient care, improved experience, improved outcomes and/or improved value for money? Your answer to this question must include at least some quantitative evidence but can include qualitative feedback as well. Patient feedback will be of particular interest.
- How has this approach to integration spread within the local health and care economy, or indeed beyond?
- How are the organisations involved sharing learnings from the project within the local area and beyond?
- What evidence is there that patient experience has improved by virtue of this integration?
- What evidence is there that staff satisfaction has improved?
- What evidence is there that value for money has increased?
- How were patients involved in developing this new approach to care? Judges will want to see clear evidence of involvement.
- How were relevant leads in all partner organisations fully engaged in developing this new approach to care?
- How has a culture of collaboration been developed and nurtured as the integration approach has matured?