North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group commends the High Intensity User Project and Tendring Mental Health Hub teams on reaching the finals of the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.
While the teams did not scoop the accolades at the awards ceremony at the O2 in London on Wednesday night (21 November), reaching the finals is a fantastic achievement.
The HIU project group at the awards, from left to right, Stacy Bloomfield-Luck, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, ACE CIC, Boena Zeneli, Business Manager for Planned Care Transformation, North East Essex CCG, Alan Hewitt, Associate Locality Director of Quality, IC24, and Dr Philip Brown, GPwSi in Emergency and Unscheduled Care and Emergency and Pre-Hospital Care Physician.
The Tendring Mental Health Hub was shortlisted for the ‘Innovation in Mental Health’ Award. Based at the Tendring Community Clothing Hub, underneath the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Clacton, the project helps those with mental health needs, who are often at risk of social isolation, poverty, substance misuse, and being victims or perpetrators of crime, to be supported by drop-in or referral appointments. Those who receive help go on to become shop volunteers, building life skills that aid their reintegration into the community. By helping people to resolve problems at an early stage, the Hub has prevented them descending into crisis. During 2017/18, activity at the Hub included 4,254 interventions, 272 new clients and 38 new volunteers.
In addition, the High Intensity User project was shortlisted for the ‘Improvement in Emergency and Urgent Care’ Award. This project identifies patients who use health emergency services inappropriately, such as A&E and the ambulance services, and uses a personalised approach to support them to receive the assistance they need as well as empowering them to take ownership of their health and wellbeing.
Boena Zeneli, Business Manager, who worked on the HIU project, said: “It was a wonderful evening and we were honoured to have been invited to attend. It has been a great boost to be recognised for our work to support our patients.”
Charlie Davies, Senior Mental Health Commissioning Manager, who works with the Tendring Mental Health Hub team, added: “When we began this project, we could not have imagined what an extraordinary success it has been, making such a tangible difference to the lives of so many of our patients every day.
“Acknowledgement of this by being shortlisted for the HSJ awards was a really important moment for us, and we were delighted to attend the ceremony.”
Sam Hepplewhite, Chief Officer of the CCG, said: “I am extremely proud of the teams for all of their hard work and dedication to reach the finals of the HSJ awards.
“It is testament to the innovative spirit that is at the heart of our organisation, working to improve the lives of patients in north east Essex.”
NOTE TO EDITORS
North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEE CCG):
The NEE CCG was formally established on 1 April 2013. The CCG is a clinically led organisation which comprises 37 GP practices across Colchester and Tendring.
It is responsible for commissioning most health services for the people of North East Essex, including hospital care, community health services, mental health services, learning disability services and urgent and emergency care, excluding primary care.
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