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Hull’s Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre (ICC) has scooped the Best NHS Collaboration Award at the recent national Health Business Awards. This is the third award that the ICC has picked up in three months, coming only weeks after the centre won the Innovation in Health & Social Care Award at the Health and Care Awards and Partner Project of the Year Award at Humberside Fire and Rescue’s annual Community Awards.

The Health Business Awards event recognises excellence in the provision of NHS facilities, with organisations nominated for best practice and innovation during 2018. Judges said of the ICC: “[The ICC] an innovative new facility has the potential to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and enables residents to keep fit and healthy and living independently in their own homes. The longer-term aim of the centre is to reduce unplanned admissions by up to 20 per cent and is forecasted to save the NHS up to £5.8million.”

In a new and unique approach to health and care, a comprehensive specialist team at the ICC including Older People’s Consultants/Geriatricians, Advance Nurse Practitioners, GPs, Pharmacists, Therapists, Social Workers and the voluntary sector primarily treat frail older people in Hull with long term conditions who have been assessed by their GP as being at risk of hospital admission.

Humberside Fire and Rescue also has an operational fire station on site and provide a falls response team as well as responding to other fire and rescue incidents.

Director of Integrated Commissioning Erica Daley said: ‘It’s great to be recognised for collaborative work with the fire service, city council, voluntary and other health services to transform care for Hull’s most vulnerable older people. The Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre continues to go from strength to strength.”

The photograph shows Erica Daley (third from left) with members of Humberside Fire and Rescue and members of the ICC team receiving their award in London a few days ago.

The NHS Hull CCG Board chose to recognise the outstanding contribution of Jean Bishop, Hull’s ‘Bee Lady’, 96-year-old champion fundraiser for older people, by naming the ICC after her. Jean is a Freeman of the City of Hull, and was awarded a British Empire Medal earlier this year after individually raising more than £125,000 for Age UK.

Find out more about the ICC at https://www.hullccg.nhs.uk/integrated-care-centre-2/

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