March 24, 2023
Partnership scoops award for integrated working
The work that The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Integrated Care Team (ICT) and Wakefield Council’s Reablement Team have done to integrate and streamline their referral, triage and assessment processes has won a prestigious national award.
The work has been formally recognised in the “Harnessing the Value of Data” category at the 2023 Smarter Working Live Awards. The ceremony took place in Manchester on Thursday 23 March.
The award category celebrates organisations that have demonstrated excellence in building data into decision making.
The ICT and Reablement Teams have used data from both adult social care and community services to redesign the referral, triage and assessment process to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of people who need nursing and reablement services to keep them independent at home.
The new process aims to prevent duplication, streamline access points and pathways, and maximise the teams’ joint capacity. The work also includes aligning skills and knowledge across the teams to ensure that all staff can offer the same levels of quality care and support, regardless of their role or team.
This integrated way of working will allow the teams to predict and plan services in advance and provide local people with the right support, at the right time, in the right place.
Jo Webster, Accountable Officer for the Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership, said: “Our aim is to create a connected system that supports people in their homes and communities to live healthier, happier lives. Data is at the heart of this approach, and we are using it to help us gain new insights into how people access local health and care services, find solutions to some of our most complex challenges and unlock new ways of working.
“We are delighted that our work to develop more joined up care across the Wakefield District has been recognised with this award.”