Three innovative projects that save GPs time sees Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG shortlisted for four national awards

  • 03 March 2020


Three NHS initiatives led by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) that free up time for GPs have been shortlisted for four awards by the Health Services Journal (HSJ).

The HSJ Value Awards recognise the very best in efficiency and improvement from across the NHS and this year considered hundreds of submissions.

In all three projects, the CCG worked closely with GPs and other health specialists to improve services for patients and deliver these in a more time efficient and cost effective way.

Dr Martin Jones, Medical Director at BNSSG CCG, said:

“We are delighted to receive three different awards nominations. It is a true testament to the fantastic work going on within the CCG to transform local services in collaboration with our partners.

“Getting best value in the application of limited resources while maximising health outcomes is a big priority for our organisation, so to be recognised in this way is a wonderful achievement”.

In its first nomination, the CCG moved services for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) out of hospitals to eight specialist treatment centres across the area. The move freed up appointments in hospitals and GP surgeries, while closer working between community-based DVT specialists and GPs has led to greater accuracy in initial diagnoses.

The second nomination is for a pilot scheme that centralised repeat prescriptions across four GP practices in North Somerset. The scheme reduced overprescribing and medicines waste, but also released time for GPs and other practice staff who reported saving on average an hour per day. The CCG has now recommended that the scheme be rolled out across BNSSG.

A third project that streamlined blood testing for chronic conditions has also been shortlisted for two awards, including in the top category of ‘HSJ Value Award of the Year’. After working with hospital specialists to review the blood-testing process, the CCG’s Clinical Effectiveness Team introduced a new standardised approach that omitted unnecessary tests. A subsequent 6% reduction equated to 92,455 less tests which otherwise would have required reviewing by GPs, thereby making a big impact on GP capacity.

The DVT service has been shortlisted for the ‘System or Commissioner Led Service Redesign Initiative Award’, the prescriptions pilot has been shortlisted for ‘Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Award’ and the blood-testing project has been shortlisted for both the ‘Community Service Redesign Initiative Award’ and the prestigious ‘HSJ Value Award of the Year’.

The winner will be announced on 21 May 2020 at an awards ceremony in Manchester.