We are delighted to announce that NEL, working with a collaboration led by OptiMedis-Cobic UK consisting of Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP), Social Finance and PPL are the 2019 Health Service Journal (HSJ) winners for the System Leadership Initiative of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at the Battersea Evolution Centre where we were up against eight tough contestants for the System Leadership Initiative of the Year award.

The HSJ judging panel felt that our initiative demonstrated how a system integrator could deliver improved proactive and preventive care, benefitting individual patients, population health and the public purse. You can read our full case study here

GPs, acute and community providers worked together to analyse what the most significant opportunities were for improvement in Fareham and Gosport. As a result, they created a collaborative framework and aligned incentives to enable better management of patients with or at risk of type 2 diabetes.

This initiative involved identifying particular cohorts of patients, using data to give GPs insights into clinical practice, and support for GPs and commissioners to roll out best practice. Patients were involved in pinpointing what was important to them. It resulted in the creation of a system integrator handbook to support future population health projects.

Graham Crawford, Director of Analytics at NEL, comments, “We are thrilled to have won the System Leadership Initiative of the Year Award. It recognises the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff, working with Fareham and Gosport CCG, OptiMedis-Cobic, Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP), Social Finance and PPL to successfully implement a System Integrator Programme in Hampshire. Our collaborative team’s hard work and commitment to delivering improved outcomes for our customers and their patients are at the heart of everything in which we believe. Winning this award has been a tremendous boost to our staff and will bolster our continued efforts to improve the service we provide.”

Dr Nicholas Hicks, CEO of OptiMedis-COBIC comments “It’s wonderful to get recognition and independent validation through this award for the work we have done in Hampshire. We have shown how population health management can be made practical, achievable and effective in primary care networks and integrated care systems. Our approach is properly grounded in primary care and the community and, adapts the principles of integrated care that have worked so well in other parts of Europe. We think this is particularly well suited to the NHS. We hope this award and the work we have done will help the NHS understand how to introduce practical and affordable population health management grounded in primary care networks that really does deliver better health, better quality and experience of care .”

Donal Collins, GP at Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group, comments, “As a frontline GP this was a career defining piece of work in a subject area I am passionate about. Trying to fix root causes of diseases, diet, exercise, and the real relationships with people and the purpose in life. The health system needs to act as one and remember why it exists- which is to improve the health and wellbeing of the population it serves. The system can sometimes put short term financial costs ahead of this. This was the question we tried to find an answer to and are pleased to share this enthusiasm with the HSJ judging panel.

Quirine van Voorst, Associate Director at Social Finance comments, “We are proud to have won the System Leadership Initiative of the year Award. It is a great recognition of all the hard work that went into this project, from both our colleagues, our partners and the local people in Hampshire. We are committed to improving outcomes for patients and staff, while providing good value for money, and believe that a system integrator approach can contribute to that.”

Henry Ireland, Innovation Advisor at ICHP comments, “It is brilliant to be recognised on such a significant platform for our System Leadership Initiative. The programme is an excellent example of collaboration enabling us all to work towards better health and well-being for the population. Wining this award is a tribute and accolade to the passionate staff from Fareham and Gosport and I’m sure will further enable their aspirations of driving system change.”

Vish Valivety, Principal Consultant at PPL comments, “This has been an amazing project, in terms of both the strong collaborative effort of our partnership but also the willingness for the system within Fareham and Gosport to adopt an innovative approach to system integration. From GPs within their practices to Chief Executives within the CCG and provider organisations, we are proud that the work we put in is being adopted and promoting better outcomes for residents and providing the framework for a more sustainable system.”

Congratulations to everyone shortlisted and thank you to all our partners in your continued hard work and support.

A list of all the finalists can be found here.