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Highly Commended for STP Team

A team who are supporting GPs to reduce the number of strokes and heart attacks across Norfolk and Waveney has received national recognition for the NHS in Norfolk and Waveney.

The team, who are all based in Beccles, were highly commended for their ‘Innovation in improving outcomes and reducing variation’ at the prestigious ‘Healthcare Transformation 2019 Awards’ which were held in London recently.

Among the things the Norfolk and Waveney team have achieved is helping GPs and practice nurses to identify people with high blood pressure earlier and manage people with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythms). For patients, it could mean preventing a heart attack or stroke. This work was carried out across Norfolk and Waveney and based on current trends the team are forecasting to have reduced year on year the number of strokes by 25, the number of heart attacks by 94.

The Norfolk and Waveney team was pipped at the post by the National RightCare High-Intensity User (HIU) team, who could exhibit impact on over 80 organisations across the country.

Dr Mark Lim who was lead commissioner for the team said:  “The HIU team were deserving winners. We were the only STP in any category to be highly commended or a winner, with the others being individual organisations or smaller groups. I think this reflects well on the development of our local working relationships and the linking up with national organisations to exchange good ideas. We are proud of the achievements and impact across Norfolk and Waveney.”

The team, which included Manjari Engelhard, Senior Commissioning Manager for Planned Care and Clinical lead for CVD in primary care also GP Dr Sarah Flindall, along with Head of Medicines Optimisation Michael Dennis, are based at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group in Beccles. They have worked closely with GPs, cardiology consultants, nurses, public health specialists and pharmacists from across Norfolk and Waveney to develop the programmes.

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Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG