Trust and partners scoop award for innovation

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has scooped an award for an innovative joint project with Hartlepool and Stockton-On-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, Hartlepool Borough Council and Stockton Borough Council.

The trust and its partners won  the Best Integration Project award in the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Awards. The award winning ‘Home Safe Sooner’ project identified the need for an integrated approach to discharge from hospital.

The trial was rolled out in wards across Hartlepool and Stockton and has been a great success. The work focussed on one Integrated Discharge Team working across the organisation to deliver a person centred approach to discharge planning.

The project involved mobilising an ‘Integrated Discharge Team’ to cover the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) and Ward 36 within the University Hospital of North Tees (UHNT). The team consists of a Senior Social Worker, the Assessment Reablement Team (ART) from Stockton on Tees Borough Council; Emergency Care Therapy Team (ECTT) and an Occupational Therapist from Ward 36. Working together, they facilitate safe and timely discharges.

As a complex and innovative project, many organisations were involved in making it a success. They were Staff from Ward 36 and the Emergency Assessment Unit at UHNT, Hartlepool & Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group, Discharge Liaison Team at UHNT, Emergency Care Therapy Team, Hartlepool Borough Council and the ‘Hospital Discharge Team’, Citizens Advice Bureau, Stockton Borough Council – Assessment Reablement Team and Social Work Teams, Durham County Council Social Workers and Continuing Healthcare Teams.

Jill Foreman, senior clinical professional at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for all of the hard work that has gone into this partner initiative – it has been a challenging project dealing with complex issues. As a trust, we put the health and wellbeing of our patients at the forefront of everything we do, and developing the Integrated Discharge Team supports us in achieving that. Moving forward you will see a lot more from our ‘Home Safe Sooner’ campaign as we continue to improve the discharge process for our staff and patients.”

Victoria Ingham, reablement assessment manager of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said; “This award is an opportunity to highlight and acknowledge the consistent commitment of high quality of work from the workforce involved within the challenge. I am incredibly proud of the contribution made by my team (Assessment Reablement Team) and all of the workforce; who positively embraced the challenge in its entirety and are integral to this success; and to the drive for positive change in the future.”

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