Award winning service to focus on learning difficulties and mental health issues

28 Jun 2016

Bradford & Airedale diabetic eye screening programme has started a service improvement project to increase the uptake of patients with learning difficulties and mental health issues. It is part of an ongoing project from NHS England and Public Health England to address health inequalities across the country.

The Yorkshire based programme will work with local commissioners to complete a CQUIN (Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) which will reward the service based on the improvements made and the increase in patient uptake.

This is EMIS Care’s third active CQUIN this year and is scheduled to finish in April 2017. The service is expected to provide progress reports every quarter, creating innovative actions plans and then evidencing their success. The plans are also expected to be sustainable as they will be integrated into the service delivery model to benefit patients in the long term.

Suzanne Beshara, Programme Manager for Bradford & Airedale stated:

“Helping all types patients complete their screening appointment is a real strength of the programme. In most instances is just takes some patience, a smile and a friendly attitude. However, identifying and booking patients in appropriate clinics is also a key step. Focussing on this particular group helps us really understand if we are effective and meet their needs in all aspects of their screening appointment.”

Kevin McDonnell, Managing Director of EMIS Care said:

“Our mission is to support longer and healthier lives through service excellence, quality and innovation. This CQUIN is an excellent opportunity to show that we are constantly raising our standards. The Bradford and Airedale programme is an award winning service and we want service users, their carers and families to know that we will build on that success to give them the best service possible.”

Natalie Mulik, Public Health Commissioning Manager, NHS England North stated:

“Addressing health inequalities is a priority for NHS England and Public Health England. Uptake of Screening & Immunisation Programmes by people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions is known to be lower than for the population as a whole. The aim of CQUIN is to improve uptake of Public Health Screening and Immunisation Programmes for people with learning difficulties or mental health conditions in the eligible population.”