Excellence Award for Project Promoting Independent Community Care

Community nursing team case managers who changed the way they work to better support their patients and their colleagues have been recognised with a national award.

The nurses from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), along with their colleagues in the Organisational Development team, set up the 'Supporting Positive Change in the Community' project to help ensure they could complement their existing skills in delivering great hands-on care with additional skills to lead their teams and plan caseloads.

This means care is managed proactively rather than reactively, at the right time, by the right nurse and to those who need it the most.

Judges for the Aston Organisational Development Award for Team-Based Working praised the project for showing good teamwork and team building at the Healthcare People Management Association Excellence in HRM annual awards.  

More than 470 guests gathered to celebrate the contributions of human resources healthcare teams from across the UK at the ceremony at The Westminster Plaza in London.

Janine Gargett, Integrated Clinical Team Lead for LCHS, said: "We are very proud that our teams have gained the recognition they deserve but are prouder still that they are doing everything they can to support our patients to have positive outcomes. Case Managers within our service looked at how they ensured teams visited appropriate patients through dedicating time to lead their teams to ensure that the right nurse, saw the right patient at the right time and encouraged patients to become more independent in managing their health. The teams also ensure that every patient had a clear plan and the patients, their families and carers were engaged in this."

"By completing this project, our case managers are equipped with the coaching, consultancy and facilitation skills to balance their time between seeing patients and support the needs of their staff with regular reviews of individuals' needs." 

The project started in the South Holland and Welland areas and is now being developed across the county with other community nursing teams.