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Two innovative healthcare schemes which aim to support people have been shortlisted in the Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Awards.

Both have been led in partnership with NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and are shortlisted in Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

One involves a new support service for people living with frailty, ensuring they are provided with care in their own homes when they become ill. To date over 1000 people have been able to stay at home instead of needing to go into hospital.

The new frailty support service was developed to meet the needs of the local aging population in the West Hampshire region, and shows the fantastic work taking place in the community to help people to stay at home receiving the right care.

By treating patients at home, teams can spend more one to one time assessing the patient’s needs in an environment they feel safe and comfortable in and reduces the need to visit their GP or call emergency services for help.

The new service model is designed to be inclusive of all health and care providers, including the NHS, Adult Social Care and Voluntary sector organisations.

Ellen McNicholas, West Hampshire CCG Director of Quality said: “This is a great example of how the NHS can work with patients and in partnership across services. Of course, we’re delighted to be shortlisted but more importantly delighted that patients are receiving an improved service closer to their homes.”

The other involves the ICON preventative programme, which supports parents to help them to cope with a crying baby, reducing the risk of Abusive Head Trauma. Research literature suggests an inability to cope with a crying baby as being one of the key reasons for caregivers losing control and shaking a baby.

The word ‘ICON’ represents the following message:

•           I – Infant crying is normal

•           C – Comforting methods can sometimes soothe the baby

•           O – It’s OK to walk away

•           N – Never, ever shake a baby

The ICON Programme incorporates the above messages within a series of touch point interventions throughout universal and secondary services for children and families. It also incorporates a simple ‘safe sleep’ message.

Kim Jones, Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children for West Hampshire CCG said: “Over a relatively short time-span we have managed to make a real difference in safeguarding our next generation. It’s really heartening, and we’ve had a lot of interest in the ICON programme from NHS services elsewhere in the country.”

These schemes have been delivered in partnership with some of our GP partners, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Hampshire County Council, South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Safeguarding Children's Board.

The awards ceremony will be held in Manchester in May 2019.