A Fylde coast health team has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The extensive care team has been put forward in the workforce efficiency category of this year’s Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Awards.

The team, made up a wide range of healthcare workers from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was nominated for implementing the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care given to patients by improving their levels of knowledge, skills, and confidence.

Jason Flannigan-Salmon, head of the extensive care service, said: “We are proud to have been shortlisted for this major award.

“The ambition was to improve workforce efficiency by introducing a targeted approach and appropriate strategies to ensure better patient outcomes and we have made some excellent improvements.

“The outcome has been improved quality in terms of patient care and satisfaction levels as well as reduced A&E attendances and hospital admissions.

“Because PAMs identifies where patients feel overwhelmed or disengaged, we can identify personal strategies of care for each individual patient to help them get the best care possible.”

Judges said all shortlisted entrants demonstrated outstanding practice as well as cutting-edge innovations and the judges were very impressed with the high standard.

Alastair McLellan, HSJ Editor, said: “This year is the year the NHS’s drive to improve the cost-effectiveness of its care moves from an important to a crucial factor in the service’s success.

“The entries to HSJ’s annual Value in Healthcare Awards provide plentiful evidence that all sectors of the NHS have recognised this and responded appropriately.

“For the NHS to be affordable it must operate in a sustainable manner. The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards show how hard the service is working to make that a reality.”

The extensive care programme enables elderly and frail patients with two or more long-term conditions to receive more coordinated support closer to their home and less in hospital.

Patients are allocated their own wellbeing support worker, who they meet with on a regular basis, to develop a long-term plan for their health. This includes setting a number of achievable goals which are all geared towards improving their health and wellbeing.