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​Southwark GPs and commissioners win award to improve health care at scale

NHS Southwark CCG and Southwark’s two GP federations, Improving Health Ltd (IHL) and Quay Health Solutions (QHS) have been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent charity, to be part of a £3.5 million improvement programme.  
The Scaling Up Improvement programme supports seven projects in the UK to take their proven health care interventions and approaches and make them work at larger scale to have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
In Southwark, the funding will support a tried and tested clinical effectiveness model, which has been adapted to meet current local challenges faced in primary care. Using a clinical effectiveness approach a group of clinical and technical experts will work with local practices to give them the tools and skills to improve outcomes for patients "by making the right thing to do, the easy thing to do” for busy GPs.
Dr Sian Howell, a Southwark GP who supported the development of the project said; "GPs and practice nurses sometimes struggle to always implement what they know is best practice.  This Southwark based project will make it easier to use and document evidence-based medicine in a busy surgery – to make the right thing to do the easy thing to do. This will help us all deliver the best care for all our patients all of the time and make our working lives manageable and effective."

The programme will run for two and a half years and each project will receive up to £0.5 million of funding to put their project into practice and evaluate it.
Sarah Henderson, Associate Director from the Health Foundation said: “We are very excited to support seven outstanding project teams who have been selected because of their expertise in scaling complex improvement projects, and their ambition to achieve impact by improving care for patients. Working together, as part of the Scaling Up programme, we aim to make sustained improvements to health care by testing out proven interventions at a scale. We hope to see the interventions being widely adopted across the UK.”