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Health Service Journal Awards 2019: OptiMedis-COBIC and partners as one of the finalists

A consortium led by OptiMedis-COBIC is on the shortlist of finalists in the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards for its work to build integrated healthcare in Hampshire (Hampshire System Integrator).The consortium was selected for the category "System Leadership Initiative of the Year – Collaborative leadership across organisations serving a population, sharing data and information, best practice and learning, realisation of the wider care picture in the community". The winner of the award will be officially announced on the 6th of November. See the shortlist of finalists 2019.

We are delighted that a consortium led by OptiMedis-COBIC with North East London Commissioning Support Unit Imperial College Health Partners, Social Finance and PPL has been shortlisted for the System Leadership Initiative of the Year Award at this year's HSJ Awards, recognising our outstanding contribution to healthcare. 

The judging panel, made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, have shortlisted us despite the tough competition from hundreds of excellent applicants. Working with OptiMedis-COBIC, Imperial College Health Partners, Social Finance and PPL, we have been selected based on our ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that their project has had on patient and staff experiences within the health and social care sector.  

We worked with our partners to develop and implement a Population Health Management model for Fareham and Gosport CCG to support patients diagnosed with, or at risk of type 2 diabetes. The Integrator model was designed around and drew on lessons learnt from population health models in Gesundes Kinzigtal (GK) in Germany, one of the world's most established, documented and effective integrated care systems, which delivers on all aspects of the Quadruple Aim of – a) better health of the population; b) improved provider satisfaction; c) improved patient experience; and d) reduction in health system cost. Bringing together contributions from patients, staff and clinicians, the system was able to assess and manage population health; redesign health and care services; achieve system integration at the macro level, and address local issues; establish partnerships with individuals and families and implement tailored solutions with the involvement of all stakeholders. 

The key outputs from the project were interactive dashboards, an agreed shared contract (GPs, acute, community and wider stakeholders) to align incentives across the neighbourhood, a Change Academy programme and finally a System Integrator Handbook for the Hampshire Integrated Care System to enable other systems to roll out the learnings. The clinical dimensions of the population and timeline dashboards were co-designed with local clinicians and project partners to ensure that they identified the relevant patient cohorts, replicating local data coding practices and adding value through eg segmenting patients by level of risk, lifestyle, complexity and co-morbidities, thereby enabling clinicians to target patients at risk and agree interventions. The project has already supported (in the first month of implementation) clinicians to target 1,058 patients at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and a cohort of 35 patients who had revised medicine management programmes implemented.  

Dr Nicholas Hicks said: "We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the HSJ’s System Leadership Award. We really believe that really pragmatic practical population health management of the sort we have demonstrated in this project is the way Primary Care Networks can deliver better population health, better value for money, better experience of care and greater job satisfaction for staff.  Key to our … and the network’s and ICS success is the creation of an integrator function at both PCN and ICS level.   We think this can be the blueprint for the future."

The full list of nominees for the 2019 HSJ awards (partnered by GRI) can be found here​

Winners will be selected ahead of the 2019 HSJ awards ceremony, which is due to be held at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on Wednesday 6 November.