Double Awards win for Barnsley Healthcare Federation

Barnsley Healthcare Federation is celebrating a unique awards double after gaining recognition for its commitment to skills development and its partnership work with the NHS at the prestigious Yorkshire Business Insider Medilink Healthcare Awards.

During a glittering ceremony which celebrated the achievements of the NHS, academia and Yorkshire’s local business community, more than 40 organisations in the region were represented. Barnsley Healthcare Federation was the only company on the evening to receive two awards, winning the Skills Development Award for its pioneering Made in Barnsley initiative, whilst its i-HEART service was singled out in the Partnership with NHS: Primary Care award.

i-HEART was developed in conjunction with Barnsley CCG and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in a bid to help reduce non-emergency admissions to the town’s oversubscribed A&E department. The service helps patients to access telephone advice and face-to-face appointments from NHS GPs and Nurses during evenings and weekends. Today, the service helps to reduce patient admissions to A&E by an average of 100 patients per week, with 95% of patients rating the clinical advice received as being either “Good” or “Excellent”. The federation’s work on i-HEART has been singled out as being the best example of Primary Care partnership in the region and will go on to represent Yorkshire for a prestigious national award which takes place next month.

The Federation also gained recognition for its commitment to helping overcome long term skills shortages within the Healthcare sector through its pioneering Made in Barnsley initiative. Launched last year, the programme works closely with year 9 pupils in five secondary schools throughout Barnsley, helping to provide the support and advice to showcase the diverse range of careers available within the Healthcare sector, whilst forging closer links between schools, the healthcare sector and the local business community.

Launched in 2015, Barnsley Healthcare Federation is a unique community interest company which brings together 28 member GP practices from across Barnsley who share a common vision to help patients in the borough access the highest standards of patient care, to deliver a robust publicly-funded health and a social care service which meets the needs of the local community.

Jim Logan, Chief Executive, Barnsley Healthcare Federation said:

“The awards success we have enjoyed is testament to the hard work and dedication of our members of staff who share a common vision to deliver the best possible service for the people of Barnsley.

“Over the past eighteen months, we have striven to help provide access to healthcare support and advice by creating opportunities for individuals to receive medical advice at times when they need it most. i-HEART is a service which has proved to be very popular with patients and it’s a tremendous honour for the service to receive such a prestigious honour. We were one of three businesses on the night to receive an award for our partnership working and we were thrilled to learn that i-HEART has been chosen to represent Yorkshire at the national awards which take place next month.

“Whilst i-HEART is helping to tackle the thorny issue of creating additional NHS appointments, we also wanted to look to the future, and it’s equally satisfying to see our Made in Barnsley programme also gain recognition. Since the Federation was launched it has been our vision to help create opportunities to nurture and support home-grown talent, helping young people to fulfil their potential and find out more about the many different and varied opportunities available within the NHS.”

i-HEART is one of seven initiatives throughout the UK which has been chosen to compete for best collaboration with the NHS at the National Medilink UK Awards which take place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 26th April.

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