Congratulations to the winners of our Healthcare Transformation Awards 2016!

HTA+logoCongratulations to all the finalists and winners at the NHSCC and Health+Care ‘Healthcare Transformation Awards’ held last night!

Presented by NHSCC Chief Executive Julie Wood and co-chair Dr Graham Jackson, the awards celebrated the fantastic work being carried out by CCGs across the country.

In the words of Julie We’ve been really impressed by the quality and range of entries – it’s clear that there’s a lot of good work going on in CCGs and their partners across the country, and a great deal of enthusiasm to make a difference to patients. We are delighted that these awards provided an opportunity to showcase this.’

Graham added: ‘These awards give us the chance to not only celebrate successes, but also to share learning and find out about successful programmes that could be adapted to work in our own areas and benefit our local patients and populations.  That’s another reason I was delighted to see so many innovative, inspiring projects entered into this award.’

The winners and finalists for the seven awards: Commissioning for outcomes and reducing variation; Innovation in service redesign; Clinical commissioning leadership; Innovation in diabetes care; medicines optimisation; successful service integration and Transforming commissioning in primary care.


Winner: Oxfordshire CCG for their Outcomes Based Contract for Adult Mental Health Services

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Oxfordshire CCG engaged users, carers, clinicians and providers in exploring a new way of commissioning based on outcomes and designing those outcomes that would make a difference to people with mental illness.  A model was developed for an outcomes-based contract – one focused on improving outcomes for individuals – which was awarded to the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership. Ultimately the aim of the OBC is to help people living with severe mental illness to live as independently as possible, managing without the ongoing support of secondary mental health service

The judges felt that this project had the edge due to the improvements for  patients and the level of engagement with service users and carers who were involved from the outset. They were also impressed by the good use of pooled budgets between health and social care and partnership working.

You can read more on the CCG’s website here.


  • Greater Manchester CCGs (First runner-up)
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG (Second runner-up)
  • Chorley & Ribble CCG and Greater Preston CCG
  • Mid Essex CCG


Frances Wiseman, Senior Improvement Fellow, Health Foundation
Dr Amanda Doyle, NHSCC Board and Chief Clinical Officer, Blackpool CCG
Lisa Thomlinson, Health+Care programme director

Sponsor: Dr Foster




Winner: Barnsley CCG for Rightcare Barnsley

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RightCare Barnsley (RCB) is a telephone based care coordination centre for healthcare professionals seeking a care solution.  It is  patient centred,  providing a brokerage service, with a dedicated telephone number that enables patients to be cared for in a non-acute setting to meet their clinical needs.  Wherever possible, care is delivered in the patient’s own home, however if the patient requires hospital intervention to meet their clinical need this will be arranged by RCB ensuring that the right care is provided in the right place, first time. The service has seen good outcomes which include admission avoidance activity, positive case studies and encouraging feedback from GPs.

The judges were impressed with the winning project’s focus on a vulnerable population – those in need of urgent medical care. They also chose this project as their winner due to the partnership working and clear outcomes shown.

You can read more about this on the CCG’s website here.


  • Halton CCG (First runner-up)
  • Leeds West CCG (Second runner-up)
  • Coventry and Rugby CCG and Arden & GEM CSU
  • Gloucestershire CCG
  • Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG


David Hare, Chief Executive, NHS Partners Network
Amanda Bloor, NHSCC Board and Chief Officer at NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG
Lisa Thomlinson , Health+Care programme director

Sponsor:  Strata



Winner: Surrey Downs CCG

CCL winners






Following a year-long programme of listening and learning, Surrey Downs CCG introduced a number of new programmes to encourage clinical leadership. This has led to a high demand for both the CCG’s clinical development programmes and clinical leadership posts

Significant leadership projects include the restructure and alignment of all CCG clinical posts to align with the development and delivery of the its commissioning intentions and the CCG’s GP Future Leaders Programme, commissioned by the CCG on behalf of its Council of Members, using the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

The judges were struck by the clear leadership development strategy of Surrey Downs CCG and the impressive manner in which they understood the need for and took action on encouraging diversity.


  • Portsmouth CCG (First runner-up)
  • South Gloucestershire CCG (Second runner-up)
  • Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon CCGs
  • Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG


Robert Varnam, NHS England Head of General Practice Development
Julie Wood, NHSCC Chief Executive
Lisa Thomlinson, Health+Care programme director

Find out more on the CCG’s website here.


Winner: Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG for their integrated Diabetes Pathway

Diabetes winners






When the CCG was formed in 2012, it identified diabetes as one of the eight key clinical priorities because outcomes were below the national average. The CCG worked closely with the acute hospital, community interest communities, Diabetes UK and the Diabetes User group to develop an integrated model of care. The implementation of the service, with the support of clinicians and stakeholders, has seen diabetes outcomes move from below to above the national average.

The judges in this category chose this as their winner as they were really impressed by the inclusive approach demonstrated to remodelling the diabetes pathway. Patients and clinicians were fully involved in its development and since it started it has demonstrated real improvements in health for patients.

Find out more on the CCG’s website here.


  • Bexley CCG in partnership with Bexley Health Limited (First runner-up)
  • Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCG (Second runners-up)
  • Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG
  • Lewisham CCG
  • Mid Essex CCG


Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England
Katherine Sheerin, NHSCC board member and Chief Officer Liverpool CCG
Lisa Thomlinson, Health+Care


Winner: Kernow CCG and Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LPC for their POPPIES project

Medicines optimisation winner






POPPIES is a domiciliary visit service designed by Kernow CCG in collaboration with Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Pharmaceutical Committee. It sees community pharmacists making home visits to the frail elderly – those who would most value, and truly do need, the help and support of their Community Pharmacist, but  those who normally miss-out on that expertise. POPPIES supports all aspects of medicines management and optimisation, with the primary goal of helping patients get the best from their medicines and reduce unplanned hospital admissions.

The judges were impressed with how this project met the needs of the most vulnerable in society who are normally bypassed, by nature of being housebound. They also were impressed by the popularity of the service with staff and patients; the high levels of engagement demonstrated in its creation; and its impacts in terms of reducing avoidable hospital admissions, GP appointments and wastage.


  • Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCG (First runners up)
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG (Second runner-up)
  • Eastbourne Hailsham and Seaford CCG, and Hastings and Rother CCG
  • Mid Essex CCG
  • Tameside & Glossop CCG


Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHS England
Alistair Blair, NHSCC Board Member and Chief Clinical Officer, Northumberland CCG
Lisa Thomlinson, Health+Care

Sponsor: Hearst Health




Winner: Stockport CCG for their Enhanced End of Life Care Support programme

Integration award






This programme has brought together staff groups from health and social care to deliver an integrated service focussing on end of life care provision and making sure patients receive the appropriate level of care and support. This dedicated integrated team supports people who are in the last weeks of life in their home or care home and are co-located based within localities providing clinical and domiciliary care in the patient’s home. Since commencement of the service there has been a significant change in the number of deaths at home with 92% of patients able to die at home in their preferred place.

The judges described the winner as the clear stand out, being a really good example of integrated health and social care, which has led to a huge increase in quality of death experience as well as making system savings.


  • Enfield CCG (First runner-up)
  • South Sefton CCG (Second runner-up)
  • North-East Essex CCG
  • North Manchester CCG in partnership with Manchester City Council and Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust


Sarah Pickup, LGA Deputy Chief Executive
Graham Jackson, NHSCC Board and Clinical Chair, Aylesbury CCG
Lisa Thomlinson, Health+Care



Winner: Blackburn with Darwen CCG for its Quality and Outcomes Enhanced Services Transformation

TCPC winners






The Quality and Outcomes Enhanced Services Transformation (QOEST) scheme is a 5 year scheme designed to support primary care to transform into a sustainable, high quality provider that delivers better outcomes and improved access for patients and manages more people outside of a traditional hospital setting in a more integrated and proactive way. Set up in April 2016, areas of the scheme which have already made a significant impact on patient outcomes include improved cancer quality standards and medicines prescribing quality. Blackburn with Darwen CCG has full delegated responsibility for commissioning primary care, a responsibility which it states has enabled it to be innovative in how general practice and the wider health economy can be commissioned and funded and instrumental in the development of QOEST.

The judges particularly noted how strong the project was on co-commissioning and the clear alignment it showed with STPs and the GP Forward View. There were further impressed with the strong engagement that had taken place with local people and the outcomes that the programme is already showing.

You can find out more on the CCG’s website here.


  • Aylesbury Vale CCG (First runner-up)
  • Wiltshire CCG (Second runner-up)
  • Greater Huddersfield CCG
  • Eastern Cheshire CCG


Dr David Paynton, National RCGP Clinical Lead for Commissioning
Sir Sam Everington, NHSCC Board and Clinical Chair, Tower Hamlets CCG
Lisa Thomlinson, Health+Care

Sponsor: Primary Care People
Commissioning show

Congratulations to all of the winners!











30 June 2016