The Bowel Screening Programme within Jersey’s Health and Social Services Department has been short-listed in the 2014 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards, to be held on 23 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The programme has been short-listed for two categories – ‘Value and Improvement in the use of Diagnostics’ and ‘Value and Improvement in Communication’.
Dr Linda Diggle, Head of Healthcare Programmes at Public Health, Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Moses Duku and Judith Gindill, Head of Nursing, Theatres & Anaesthesia will represent the team involved in the bowel screening programme. During July they will give presentations about the service during to two different judging panels made up senior and influential figures from the health sector. These include:
- Charles Alessi, Chairman, National Association of Primary Care
- Professor Jonathan Kay, Clinical Informatics Director, NHS England
- Val Moore, Implementation Programme Director, NICE
- Michael Macdonnell, Head of Strategy, NHS England
Bowel screening in Jersey is aimed at Islanders in their 60th birthday year, and is offered free of charge. The service began in January 2013.
Dr Susan Turnbull, Medical Officer of Health said “This is excellent news for Jersey. It signifies that we rank highly when compared to other organisations across the NHS who entered these awards.
“The whole team involved in the bowel screening programme have certainly striven hard to ensure a high standard of service for clients and, since the service began, they’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who have attended for screening. To be short-listed, not only once, but in two different categories for a national award is great recognition to staff for a job well done and rightly deserved”.
The new HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the National Health Service (NHS) in England. A successor to the HSJ Efficiency Awards, the Value in Healthcare Awards continue to recognise excellent use of resources. But they also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.
Emma Maier, Deputy Editor, HSJ, said “I am delighted to announce the shortlist for the HSJ Value Awards 2014. Being short-listed means that an organisation has been specifically chosen as a leader in its field, achieving both service improvement and outstanding efficiency – a vital balance that is more important than ever before.”