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Cheshire NHS Service Recognised In Hospital Awards

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The Advanced Community Practitioners with comedian Paul Sinha

19 July 2019

A Cheshire NHS team that works to reduce avoidable hospital admissions has won an award at a recent ceremony.

The Advanced Community Practitioners (ACPs), part of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership’s (CCICP), is one of twelve winners of Mid Cheshire Hospital Foundation Trust’s Celebration of Achievement awards.

These annual awards aim to recognise staff and teams that demonstrate excellence in care and this year was very competitive.

The service won the ‘Team of the Year’ award for their work in reducing the number of hospital admissions. ACPs see around 200 people a week, which is over 4,000 people since the service began in September 2018. Their data shows that 85 percent of the patients avoided admission to hospital.

The team take requests from GP surgeries for people with acute illnesses, after which they visit them, perform a clinical examination and make an appropriate decision to treat the patient and help them stay at home.

Joanne Bowen, Head of Quality, Nursing and Professional Leadership for CCICP, said: “Our Advanced Community Practitioner Service is having such a positive impact on supporting acutely ill patients within their own homes together with reducing the need for admission to hospital. We are very proud of the service the team provide to the local community”

Tony Mayer, Associate Director of CCICP said, "This dedicated team of highly skilled nurses and therapists help people in the community when they need us the most, it was a pleasure to see their hard work rewarded"

The service covers five care communities across Crewe, Nantwich, Winsford, Northwich and SMASH.