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Nursing Times Awards 2019: Care coordinators from South Lincolnshire among the finalists




A team of care coordinators from South Lincolnshire were among the finalists in the Nursing Times Awards 2019.

The Care Coordination Team, who are part of Allied Health South Lincolnshire (AHSL), attended the prestigious awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London last month, having been shortlisted in the HRH The Prince of Wales Integrated Approaches to Care category.

They work across 13 practices in the area, including the Abbeyview Surgery in Crowland, Beechfield Medical Centre in Spalding, Gosberton Medical Centre, and Long Sutton Medical Centre.

South Lincolnshire Care Coordinators made it through to the final of the Nursing Times Awards 2019. (22297745)
South Lincolnshire Care Coordinators made it through to the final of the Nursing Times Awards 2019. (22297745)

The team's focus is working with people and identifying “what matters to me”, moving away from “what is the matter with me” and so placing people at the centre of their own care.

“Our experienced and highly skilled team of care coordinators are nurses who work in GP practices, supporting patients who are frail and may be struggling to cope,” explains Kieran Harris, AHSL Operations Director.

“To best support the patient, the team leads a joined-up and collaborative approach, working with other care professionals in order to focus on the patient’s needs, with an emphasis on helping people to be fit and well, and remain in their community.”

It is said that given the size and rurality of Lincolnshire, the team’s approach has made a significant difference to patients in the south who might otherwise have struggled to access services, but can now get the support they need when they need it.

“The team’s success was a key part of why it was shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards 2019,” added Kieran. “Whilst the team did not ultimately take home the award, accompanying them to the awards in London was quite possibly one of the proudest moments of my professional life.”

John Turner, chief officer for South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “For the team to be shortlisted is testament to the amazing work they do.

"The work they, and Allied Health South Lincolnshire do, has not only made a huge difference to patients’ lives, it has also made a significant impact on reducing the strain on the health system as a whole.

"I am proud of them and send them my warmest congratulations for their achievements, including the recognition from the Nursing Times Awards 2019.”

Members of the Care Coordination Team, pictured left to right, are: Rachel Ingham, Sarah Summers, Kieran Harris, Linda Smith, Louise Johnson, Nicky Donley, Dina Goy, Hilda Healy, Ella Asher, Carly Fisher, Denise Holden and Jessica Merritt.

Members of the team not pictured include Louise Wilson, Carolyn Griffen, Faye Wickenden, Julie Taylor, Rachel Needham, Julie Barfoot and Marcus Neno.

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