Leeds GP Confederation shortlisted for the 2023 HSJ Awards

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Leeds GP Confederation is delighted to announce that the Leeds Community Ambulatory Paediatric Service (CAPS) has been shortlisted for Reducing Healthcare Inequalities for Children and Young People Award at the HSJ Awards, recognising an outstanding contribution to healthcare and securing a place at the prestigious awards ceremony later this year.

A ‘record-breaking’ 1456 entries have been received for this year’s Awards, with 223 projects and individuals reaching the final shortlist, making it the biggest awards programme in the award’s 43-year history. The high volume – and exceptional quality – of applications once again mirrors the impressive levels of innovation and care continually being developed within the UK’s healthcare networks.

Following the thorough judging process, Leeds GP Confederation was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 16th), with its CAPS service standing out as a real ‘success story’ worthy of a prized place on the panel’s shortlist.

Leeds GP Confederation’s CAPS service was developed in response to the national mandate for Acute Respiratory Illness Hubs to be implemented to help manage the increase of respiratory infections over the winter months by providing same day appointments for patients referred from General Practices in Leeds, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and the Local Clinical Assessment Service.  The Leeds service was focused on children and young people and was developed in conjunction with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

This service has helped to relive pressure across the Leeds Health & Care system in the winter months, and as a result the service, which was intended to run for three months from January 2023 to March 2023, has been commissioned by the Leeds Office of the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) to run for a further 12 months.  

All GP surgeries in Leeds have had the benefit of support offered through the CAPS service, with the largest service users coming from the eight most deprived Primary Care Networks in Leeds. One Practice Manager stated that CAPS is an “Excellent resource for the city. Our patients that have used it have nothing but praise.”

Jane Sadler, Head of Operations at Leeds GP Confederation said “This is really exciting news and testament to the team that deliver the service. Being shortlisted for a HSJ Award will be a real positive for our dedicated and hardworking team, especially in a year when the competition was so tough with an unprecedented volume of entries from so many other equally deserving organisations and services.

Whatever the result ‘on the night’, we already feel like winners for getting this far and are so proud to have the opportunity to share our success with colleagues from across the entire sector, as well as showcasing everything we’ve learnt through implementing our project.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, adds; “It always gives me great pleasure to congratulate our finalists at this stage of the judging process and this year is no exception as we acknowledge Leeds GP Confederation for being shortlisted in the category of Reducing Healthcare Inequalities for Children and Young People Award.

“It’s been so encouraging to hear that 2023 has been record-breaking in terms of the number of applicants and, as ever, the calibre of entries left our panel of expert judges with some tough decisions to deliberate over.

“However, it’s always important to remember that the HSJ Awards are not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of the NHS.

“We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony in November and to recognise and applaud such impressive achievements across the sector – as well as coming together to help mark the 75th birthday of our great NHS. Huge thanks also go to our new headline partner, Vodafone, who share our mission of driving the standard of healthcare excellence and creating better patient experiences.”

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on November 16th 2023.

The event will not only reflect the HSJ Awards’ enduring ethos of “sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and innovating drivers of better service” but will also serve as a timely and well-deserved thank you to the sector during the 75th anniversary year of the NHS.

The 2023 awards judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive, Queen’s Nursing Institute; Dr Habib Naqvi MBE, Chief Executive, NHS Race and Health Observatory; Anne-Marie Vine-Lott, Director of Health, Vodafone; Sir Jim Mackey, National Director of Elective Recovery, NHS England, as well as a range of esteemed Chief Executives from NHS Trusts across the UK.

 The full list of nominees for the 2023 HSJ awards can be found at https://awards.hsj.co.uk/ alongside details of the Awards partners at https://awards.hsj.co.uk/partners.