The Improvement Foundation and NHS Alliance have joined forces for the third successive year to promote innovative practice and better outcomes for patients.
The winners of the Improvement Foundation's Guy Rotherham Award and the NHS Alliance CHD QOF Awards were announced by Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Health, at the NHS Alliance's 10th Annual Conference in Manchester.
The CHD QOF Award has two winners: a GP practice and a primary care organisation. Chair of the panel of judges, Dr Stewart Findlay, commented: "This year's annual QOF Awards for CHD have been particularly interesting and challenging for the judges, we have had many high quality and innovative approaches to tackling CHD. I would like to thank all the judges for their help and in particular Schering Plough for their support and active involvement."
The Mountwood Surgery in Northwood Middlesex won the CHD QOF GP Practice Award for their outstanding multidisciplinary approach to tackling CHD. In addition to having a highly organised inhouse cardiology team they have a "highly commended" interactive, patient empowering booklet for CHD. This was awarded in the national Ask About Medicine Awards in 2005. The importance of patient education is also extended to running family seminars on CHD which requires a great deal of effort to encourage people to attend. They are now taking this a stage further and will soon be planning a roadshow. All this activity resulted in Mountwood Surgery achieving blood pressure targets of 96.79% in their CHD patients.
North Tees PCT won the CHD QOF PCO Award for their support and encouragement to GP practices to 'own' CHD care. They provide timely feedback of performance data using funnel plots and regular communication by the CHD LIT and Cardiac Network. Even though North Tees PCT has a high CHD prevalence, 4.2% Vs 3.6% nationally, across the 27 practices 5% of patients achieved cholesterol targets and 91% reached the QOF blood pressure target. Their service developments in heart failure was also been rated as excellent in the Healthcare Commission Review.