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LGSS nominated for Health Service Journal Value Award - LGSS

LGSS nominated for Health Service Journal Value Award

LGSS has been shortlisted for the prestigious Health Service Journal Value Award for work undertaken on behalf of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT).

The nomination for the Clinical Support Services category stems from development of a digital solution to support the Trust’s 0-19 service to collect parental consent for children’s vaccinations more efficiently.

With delays often caused by traditional paper-based collection methods which required busy parents to complete forms and return them to the child’s school, the Trust was keen to offer parents and carers a simple and secure alternative. As well as reducing ongoing health risk by vaccinating children on time, the inevitable strain on resources to caused by offering alternatives dates was reduced.

Working closely with the Trust’s 0-19 service manager, LGSS devised a solution for parents to give consent online via a simple form on the Trust’s website. Data from the form is extracted and securely uploaded to SystmOne, a single source of information for clinicians, allowing professionals from across the service to see that consent has been secured at a glance. In addition to the benefit of consent being immediately visible to NHFT professionals, the Trust is set to save money from not paying printing and postage costs for forms.

Gareth Jones, Chief Information Officer at NHFT, said: “This project represents a further example of the benefits of the close partnership working between NHFT and LGSS Health and Care, and the advantages of developing digital solutions alongside staff from the service who will ultimately be using them.” Rosie McCallum, NHFT’s 0-19 service manager, added: “The percentage returns were very good and better than anticipated. This is an excellent example of joint team working to deliver an effective and efficient service to the end user.”

One of the main judging criteria for the Health Service Journal Value Awards focuses on the potential for the delivered solution to be more widely adopted by other services, enhancing the overall value of the work undertaken. LGSS demonstrated to the judges that this initiative has considerable potential for adoption in any service where consent is required, including flu vaccination and school-leaver vaccinations.

Entries will be judged on 1 April, where LGSS Health & Care will have the opportunity to present further details on the project to a panel of industry experts in London, with winners announced at a ceremony in Manchester on 23 May.