Devon Partnership NHS Trust, on behalf of the South West Regional Secure Service, took home the award for Innovation at the Healthcare Financial Management Association Awards in central London in December. The prestigious annual awards celebrate excellence in financial departments across the NHS. A total of eight awards were awarded, ranging from the Innovation Award to the Finance Director of the Year Award.
"By establishing a breakthrough clinical partnership backed by financial and clinical support systems, the Trust and its partners were able to optimise the use of capacity, reduce length of stay and redirect savings back into service delivery," the judges said.
"More and more patients are receiving care locally, which helps them, their family, friends and carers. We were impressed by this excellent example of clinical and financial collaboration using a multi-provider/whole population health planning approach, real-time decision making and an innovation capable of being scaled-up across the NHS."
Commenting on the nomination, Anne Forbes, Programme Director says: “I am immensely proud that we have been recognised for this innovation award – our Finance colleagues are entirely integral to us achieving our aims. We should never lose sight of the fact that this work, as well as improving efficiency and quality of care, can have a profoundly positive effect on people. We know from the personal, and very moving, stories that people have shared with us that the South West Regional Secure Service is making a difference to their lives – and this is a great motivator as we continue to take it forward."
Davina MacDougall, Assistant Director of Finance, says: "I am very proud to be part of the DPT finance and contracting team that has played such a crucial role in the success of the NCM (New Care Model). By using a collaborative approach with external finance teams and stakeholders, we were able to work through a number of workstreams and successfully resolve a number of complexities to ensure that the financial aspects of the NCM pilot could be agreed, managed and monitored across organisations to ensure its success.”
HFMA’s Chief Executive, Mark Knight, says: “This year saw a record-breaking number of submitted nominations for the HFMA Awards. The quality of the entries was extremely high again this year and so to be shortlisted, highly commended or to win is a huge achievement.
"With the current financial and operational pressures being faced across the NHS, to be an industry leader takes dedication, outstanding leadership and commitment. Tonight’s winners have all demonstrated innovation to help deliver efficiency savings and improve their services producing tangible results. Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s achievement is well deserved and a testament of the strength and quality of our NHS finance teams.”