Pennine Lancashire ICP (including East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, Lancashire and South Cumbria FT, East Lancashire Medical Services, Pennine Lancashire Primary Care General Practices, Pennine Lancashire CCGs, Council for Voluntary Services): Integrated Pennine Lancashire Covid Virtual Ward; Rapid Mobilisation, Patient Safety and Partnership Working

During the pandemic we created a Covid Virtual Ward for Pennine Lancashire, an area of high social deprivation. This was an innovative, fast-paced, at scale, responsive primary/secondary care development. Using the power of partnership working and effective integrated care we improved patient health outcomes, while at the same time creating a climate of reassurance for everyone and reducing pressure on our over-burdened hospital services. Patient feedback has been consistently positive. We have created a sustainable model of integration which can help us innovate further in other areas of healthcare. Our model has been influential regionally and nationally.

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  • Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust: SE Hampshire Partnership Integrated Care - 111 First — HIGHLY COMMENDED
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight ICS in partnership with Wessex AHSN: Improving Patient Safety Through Digital Enablement and Organisational Integration
  • Innovation Agency (AHSN for the North West Coast), Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital FT, Liverpool University Hospitals FT, Primary Care Knowsley: Proactive Management of Asthma in Primary Care for Patients in Knowsley
  • Leeds Community Healthcare & Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trusts: Leeds Virtual Ward (Frailty)
  • Salford CCG: Safer Salford - A Systems Approach to Improving Safety
  • Surrey & Sussex Cancer Alliance: Symptomatic Breast Referral Resource Suite - Enhancing the Suspected Cancer Recognition and Referral Process
  • Walsall Manor Hospital: Safe at home

Winners of HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2021 revealed