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Somerset health care partners shortlisted for prestigious award - 25 September 2015

Somerset health care partners shortlisted for prestigious award - 25 September 2015

Musgrove Park Hospital Shortlisted For Prestigious Health Service Journal HSJ Award

Four NHS organisations across Somerset have been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal award for innovation.

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), have been selected for their joint work to make a real difference to patients with irritable bowel syndrome. The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, are to be held on 18 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards will be held on 18 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, and are the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: "The NHS is experiencing one of the toughest periods in its 67 year history, with demand and expectation rising and funding in short supply. The fact that the HSJ Awards has seen the biggest ever increase in entries shows the service remains undaunted in its mission to provide world beating patient care."

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and debilitating condition, which places significant pressure on the NHS, both in terms of financial cost and demand on GP services and hospitals.  The cost of IBS in the UK was almost £12 million for 2012-13. Research suggests better education on the diagnosis and management of IBS, along with an effective treatment pathway, would allow gastroenterology services to target resources more effectively.

By working together the organisations have created a multidisciplinary gastroenterology clinical team, with representatives from the hospitals working with GPs and healthcare professionals in the community to create effective IBS diagnosis and treatment pathways for GPs in the county. Within its first year of operation this new model has already shown appreciable reductions in the number of patients being referred to hospital. Instead of invasive and unnecessary investigation, patients have non-invasive tests and accurate assessment of symptoms. For those patients with likely IBS, Somerset has invested in specialist community dietetics services to provide an individualised diet and lifestyle approach to symptom management with 74% of patients reporting an increased quality of life using this approach.

Musgrove Park Hospital’s collaborative entry with Somerset Partnership, Yeovil District Hospital and Somerset CCG, is a great example of partnership working and the difference it can make to services across Somerset. The project entitled ‘Innovating cost effective management for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) across Somerset: The Case for Change’, has recently been published within the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Local Practice Collection: www.nice.org.uk/sharedlearning/improving-evidence-based-management-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-across-somerset

Pictured from left to right are:

Bottom row:             

Dr Emma Greig, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (FT)

Marianne Williams, Specialist Community Gastroenterology Dietitian, Somerset Partnership NHS FT.

Top row:

Dr Iain Phillips, General Practitioner and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group,

Leah Seamark, Specialist Community Gastroenterology Dietitian, Somerset Partnership NHS FT

Dr Steve Gore, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Yeovil District NHS FT

Yvonne Barclay, Community Dietetics Manager, Somerset Partnership NHS FT

Steve Thole, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Rosie Benneyworth, General Practitioner and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.