Digital Health team at Sunderland CCG scoop prestigious awards

19th July 2016

The Sunderland team won the HSJ Value in Healthcare Award last month. The award, that recognises excellent use of resources and examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, was in response to the roll out of tablets to Care Homes in Sunderland. The technology uses universal medical assessments to track the health and wellbeing of older people in the city, and is currently being used in seven of the city’s care homes. It is expected that all of Sunderland’s 47 homes will have adopted the technology by October 2016.HSJ award

The team have also won their second award for their approach to managing patients in care homes at the recent North East, Cumbria, Yorks and Humber Commissioning Awards 2016.  They were the overall winners for the CCG innovation of the year. This is an amazing accolade.

The project has enabled the NEWS (National Early Warning Score) system – which includes a medical assessment that is used by GPs, ambulance crews and hospitals to flag up potentially serious health problems added to tablet-technology that tracks and shares information about people’s health conditions with the professionals who care for them.

The newly developed system, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, aims to prevent people’s conditions from deteriorating, ensuring that early signs are being noticed by their care team.

The work of the Sunderland CCG aligns with the Digital Health Programme at the AHSN NENC, and also links with the ‘Well Connected Care Home’ project that is being developed through the Frail Elderly Programme.

Please contact Rachel Forbister or Jeannie Henderson for more information about the great work being undertaken in Sunderland.