Joint pain programme ESCAPE-pain and young people’s Type 1 diabetes initiative win awards

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A national programme to tackle chronic joint pain and a local initiative supporting young people with Type 1 Diabetes have won at the prestigious Health Service Journal Value Awards.

Chronic joint pain programme ESCAPE-pain and the Youth Empowerment Service (YES) that supports 14-19 year olds with Type 1 diabetes, have won prizes at the Health Service Journal Value Awards.

ESCAPE-pain won the MSK Care Initiative of the Year. Since being on the programme , Ann, 68, is no longer in constant pain. She said: “Osteoarthritis was really impacting on my daily life as I had to ask for help to do everyday tasks around the home. My life has significantly changed since I completed the course and I’ve continued to do the exercises and now I no longer have any pain and I live a very active life.”

ESCAPE-pain (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise) is a national programme offering face-to-face and online exercises to help people suffering from chronic joint pain. Driven by the NHS’s Health Innovation Network, in south London, and backed by Sport England and in association with Versus Arthritis, roll-out of the programme has been supported by the national Academic Health Science Network. Prior to Covid-19, the programme was running in 295 sites and has helped 19,300 participants since it started.

ESCAPE-pain programme originator Professor Mike Hurley said:

“The judges were clearly impressed with the general ethos of the programme about self-management, its effectiveness and benefits that it brings to individuals and the healthcare system as a whole. We hope the award gives a boost to ESCAPE-pain that we believe can make a major contribution to the post-Covid-19 NHS ‘reset’.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Youth Empowerment Skills (YES) programme, which is supported by the HIN, runs vital programmes for 14-19 years-olds with Type 1 Diabetes. It won the HSJ Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year.

YES programme Lead Dr Dulmini Kariyawasam, consultant at Guy’s and St.Thomas’ Foundation Trust , said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been named as the winners in the Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year 2020! The positive impact of this award will help to create a long-lasting legacy and bolster our efforts to expand the YES programme across London giving every young person living with Type 1 diabetes in London access to the programme.”

“The HIN seeks to speed up the spread and adoption of evidence-based innovation in health and care so both these award-winning projects highlight the value of our work to improve lives. A huge well done to both teams. ”Health Innovation Network Chief Executive Zoe Lelliott

The Health Innovation Network’s Diabetes team Project Manager, Ellen Pirie, said:

“Young people suffering with Type 1 Diabetes face many challenges and the YES programme offers them practical support on issues such as food, sexual health and handling a diabetic seizure. There are also opportunities to go on social outings and try out new skills such as driving and rock-climbing and it’s this peer support network building that I know participants really benefit from.”

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‘Good luck’ to life-saving nurse nominated for prestigious RCNi Award

We are delighted to support Rekha Govindan from Chegworth House, Sutton. She was nominated for the Patient’s Choice category of the RCNi Nurse Awards. Read about the story below.

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  • Last year Rekha won our Recognition Award for Innovator of the year.
  • She was the first care home manager to the first care home nurse to create Coordinate My Care (CMC) plans single-handedly as part of the CMC in Care Homes project.

A patient – who was told there was little that doctors could do to save his life – has miraculously recovered thanks to the devotion of a care-home nurse.
Rekha Govindan, a nurse and manager at Chegworth Home, in Sutton, did not give up on the male patient after he was discharged from hospital with a fatal 15-cm stomach wound.
Doctors told the patient he had just weeks to live after the wound would not heal, became infected and stopped him from eating and moving around.
But the bleak prognosis did not deter nurse Rekha. Instead she set about putting together nothing short of a ‘miracle’ care plan and soon the patient, who wants to remain anonymous, began responding.
The patient explained: “With her skill the wound began to heal and I could take off the dressing and then I finally got rid of my catheter bag.

“They filled me with hope and made me want to fight and not to die. I was on my death bed, but now I am living a happy life.”Patient, Chegworth Home

“With her focus on nutrition, I put on weight. I was so thin and frail before. The team helped me to get back on my feet and walk again. “

After six months of Rekha’s dedicated nursing skills the wound finally closed-up which meant the patient was able to eat, put on weight and finally leave the care home altogether and return to normal life.

He added: “They filled me with hope and made me want to fight and not to die. I was on my death bed, but now I am living a happy life.

“Rekha and her team even helped me to find accommodation once I was better, on the coast where I am living now.”

Rekha said she was delighted to be nominated as one of only six exceptional nurses in the category of ‘Patient’s Choice’.

“This has been one of the most complex cases in my 17-year history of working in the nursing home.

“I hope this story goes some way to highlight, often among controversy, the expertise, skill and dedication that care homes are providing.”

The annual RCNi Nurse Awards enable members of the public to thank a nurse, midwife, health visitor, healthcare assistant or assistant practitioner who has provided exceptional care.

The winner will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony Thursday 8 October 8pm and the team at HIN wish her the ‘best of luck!’

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AHSNs win AF Association Healthcare Pioneer Awards

The AHSN Network Atrial Fibrillation (AF) programme and six regional AHSN partner AF projects have received AF Association Healthcare Pioneer awards for best practice in AF detection and treatment.

The AF Association is a UK charity that focuses on raising awareness of AF by providing information and support materials for patients and medical professionals involved in detecting, diagnosing and managing AF. Each year, the AF Association Healthcare Pioneer awards recognise those who demonstrate excellent clinical practice and the development of AF services to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

AHSNs projects were amongst the 17 winners at the 2019 awards. Regional projects recognised included:

  • East Midlands AHSN, for work in partnership with East Midlands Clinical Network and 19 Clinical Commissioning Groups, preventing an estimated 167 strokes, 56 deaths, secure health and care cost efficiencies of £3.45million per year.
  • Health Innovation Manchester, for supporting NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, facilitating pharmacy-led clinical reviews in 38 GP practices to detect and optimise treatment for those with AF.
  • Health Innovation Network, for supporting Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust to trial mobile ECG devices. These were used in in community clinics, domiciliary settings and at awareness events. Opportunistic testing was also conducted by community podiatrists.
  • Oxford AHSN, for working with Buckinghamshire CCG to improve therapy for a patient cohort with complex needs that had not been met by existing anticoagulation pathways.
  • UCLPartners, for work with South East Essex CCGs, issuing mobile ECG devices to 82 per cent of practices across the CCGs, resulting in 23 new patients identified with possible AF and 431 additional patients receiving anticoagulation treatment.
  • Eastern AHSN, for work with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, providing mobile ECG devices which contributed to 49 patients newly diagnosed with AF and 44 patients started on anticoagulation therapy.

The awards took place during the AF Association Global AF Aware Week Parliamentary Event, held within the Palace of Westminster.

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Winners of the 2019 Recognition Awards Announced

Winners of the 2019 Recognition Awards Announced

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) work together with a variety of health and care teams in south London to speed up the best of health and care for our communities. The HIN Recognition Awards 2019 celebrate some of the fantastic work and partnerships we are involved in.

Our membership is made up of organisations from across south London’s academic, local government and health and social care landscape. We work with acute and mental health trusts, clinical commissioning groups, community providers, local authorities, universities and third sector bodies.

Zoë Lelliott, Chief Executive of the Health Innovation Network said: “The enthusiasm and commitment across our membership to improve the lives of patients through innovation never ceases to inspire me. The Recognition Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate some of the very best work of our members. I am delighted the Health Innovation Network is highlighting examples of excellence in partnerships, Trusts and individuals in our community through these awards, and I congratulate the worthy winners.”

Over half of our team participated in the Recognition Awards in August 2019. We received many nominations and the winners were announced at the Health Innovation Network Award ceremony in Guy’s Hospital on Tuesday 24 September.

The results of the HIN South London 2019 Recognition Awards are:

Innovative Trust of the year

Winner: St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Special credit is given to the innovation and improvement initiatives by Ben Wanless, the physiotherapy team, Emma Evans and the New Beginnings Experience Based Co Design project improving the experience of birth in theatres, and Edward Jebson’s work in adoption of innovation products.

Excellence in adoption of Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) products

Winners: Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Special credit is given to Elizabeth Aitken and David Knevett’s strategic approach to the adoption of ITP with full commitment to adopting all relevant products across the hospital.

Winners: Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Special credit is given to Jonathan Grellier for his continued enthusiasm and support for the ITP and Accelerated Access Collaborative, helping to achieve collaboration across the trust within both clinical and managerial teams.

Partnership of the year

Winners: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and the Metropolitan Police

Special credit is given to Rachel Matheson, Magda Berge, Jon Garrett and Superintendent Mark Lawrence representing the three trusts and the Metropolitan police who have worked together, sharing learning to help each other succeed to successfully implement Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM).

Innovator of the year

Winner: Chegworth Nursing Home (Sutton Homes)

Special credit is given to Rekha Govindan, the first care home nurse to create Coordinate My Care (CMC) plans single-handedly as part of the CMC in Care Homes project.

For more information on how we work with members on innovation projects please contact hin.southlondon@nhs.net.

Professor Mike Hurley, ESCAPE-pain developer nominated for Outstanding Individual of the Year award

HIN’s Professor Mike Hurley nominated for Outstanding Individual of the Year 2018

Professor Mike Hurley, Developer of the ESCAPE-pain programme, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Individual of the Year award at this year’s Active Training Awards. Vote for him before 26 October 2018.

The Active Training Awards celebrates the success of the activity workforce and the very best of Learning and Development within the sector. Professor Mike Hurley has been nominated as a result of his relentless commitment to the development, implementation and evaluation of ESCAPE-pain, an evidence-based rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain.

Professor Mike Hurley qualified as a physiotherapist in 1985 and obtained his PhD in 1992. Before dedicating his time to ESCAPE-pain, he was a lecturer, reader and professor of phsyiotherapy at King’s College London and a Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Kingston & St George’s. He chaired the UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Research and Clinical Effectiveness Committee, acted as Clinical Advisor to Versus Arthritis (Arthritis Research UK), as well as an advisor to the NICE committee drawing up clinical guidelines for osteoarthritis. He is currently also the research lead for the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Vote for Professor Mike Hurley now and follow @ESCAPE_pain on Twitter to follow the nomination. Award winners will be announced on 15 November 2018.

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ESCAPE-pain wins Specialist Training Programme of the Year at Active Training Awards

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The winners of the prestigious Active Training Awards have been revealed by ukactive, as the physical activity sector celebrated the champions of workforce development last night (15 November 2018).

A total of eight awards were made during the evening, with this year’s finalists reflecting a broader spectrum of employers, trainers and suppliers than ever before – from traditional markets to community operations and public health programmes.

Specialist Training Programme of the Year was awarded to Health Innovation Network for its ‘Escape Pain’ exercise programme and app which help people with chronic joint pain to improve their mobility.

Keynote speeches focused on the opportunities ahead, with insights from Sport England Director of Workforce Caroline Fraser, Purple Cubed Chairman Jane Sunley and CIMSPA CEO Tara Dillon.

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Sport England award ESCAPE-pain a grant to tackle inactivity

ESCAPE-pain awarded a Sport England grant to tackle inactivity in inactive people over 55

Inactivity among the over 55s is responsible for as many deaths as smoking. Research has shown that as you get older, you’re far more likely to do less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.

Sport England is investing £10 million of National Lottery funding into projects that will help inactive people to become active. The Active Ageing fund is supporting innovative and experimental approaches that put older people at the heart of efforts to tackle inactivity.

They are investing up to £10 million of National Lottery money into 20 projects across England that are working to reduce the number of inactive older adults.

Today, they announced ESCAPE-pain has been awarded funding as part of the Active Ageing funding programme to continue to deliver their Rehabilitation programme for people with Arthritic pain in south London.

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Professor Mike Hurley, ESCAPE-pain creator awarded prestigious NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellowship

Professor Mike Hurley’s rehabilitation programme, ESCAPE-pain, one of 11 innovations selected to join the nationally-celebrated NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

Since it launched in July 2015, the NIA has supported the uptake and spread of 25 high-impact, evidence-based innovations across 799 NHS organisations.

Each of the new innovations joining the NIA in 2017 offer solutions to key challenges in Primary Care, Urgent and Emergency Care and Mental Health. ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain. It is proven to reduce pain for patients and help them to understand their condition, at a lower cost to healthcare organisations.

ESCAPE-pain’s recruitment onto the NIA follows an international call and robust selection process, including review by a collegiate of over 100 assessors and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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ESCAPE-pain secures Best Practice Award in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Disorders

The Best Practice Awards reward excellence and showcase exemplary rheumatology services by promoting innovation and best practice across every aspect of rheumatology treatment. The 2016 Best Practice Awards celebrate an innovative or particularly successful scheme involving patients in their local service improvement, in partnership with Versus Arthritis.

ESCAPE-pain an evidence-based, cost-effective, group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant has been successful in securing a Best Practice Award in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Disorders from the British Society for Rheumatology.

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AbbVie Sustainable Healthcare announces ESCAPE- pain as finalist for award

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the finalists of its inaugural Sustainable Healthcare ‘Patients as Partners’ Award. The AbbVie Big Ideas for Better Health Awards were launched by AbbVie in 2015 as a way to recognise, celebrate and share exceptional examples of improvements and innovation that demonstrate a clear benefit to the lives of patients.

The ESCAPE-pain team was recognised for enabling patients with exercises that can manage pain caused by osteoarthritis, also known as chronic joint pain. This has empowered patients to manage their osteoarthritis through selfcare, has reduced hospital admissions and saved NHS resources. Winners will receive a £3,000 bursary to extend their project or pilot new ideas for the benefit of patients and/or the NHS.

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ESCAPE-pain selected as semi-finalist for the Harvard Business School Acceleration challenge

ESCAPE- pain has been selected as a semi-finalist in Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School’s Health Acceleration Challenge.

The Forum on Health Care Innovation, a collaboration between Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Medical School (HMS), announced today the semi-finalists in its Health Acceleration Challenge, which focuses on taking compelling, already-implemented health care solutions and helping them to grow and increase their impact through powerful networking and funding opportunities.

When announced in August, the finalists will share $150,000 in prize money, with an additional $50,000 going to the eventual winner, who will be named a year from now after the four finalists have pursued their dissemination plans. All of them will become the subject of an HBS case study. Since its launch in 2014, the Health Acceleration Challenge has received over 600 applications and attracted more than 25,000 online visitors from 29 countries.

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Health and wellbeing award presented to ESCAPE- pain for work in the community

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The Health Innovation Network awarded the two year Health & Wellbeing Awards for its ESCAPE – into the community programme

The Health & Wellbeing Awards is the UK’s premier awards scheme for promoting health and wellbeing. The two year award is given for organisations that demonstrated cross-organisation and embedded health improvement strategy that is measurable, effective and efficient, enabling the individuals and communities served to improve their health.

The Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health.

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