A test which could avoid procedures such as an endoscopy for patients has been shortlisted for an esteemed award at the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been working in partnership with Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group and Wakefield Council (Public Health) to implement a test to over 40 local GP practices which could avoid procedures such as endoscopy for local people.
The Faecal Calprotectin (FCP) test, which was launched in primary care in 2014, is a simple stool test which differentiates between irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. Local GP practices can use the test as a first step to identify these conditions without the need to refer patients to hospital.
This project has been shortlisted in the Primary Care Innovation category of this year’s prestigious Health Service Journal Awards. The work was developed in partnership with The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, (Dr Deven Vani, Consultant Gastroenterologist and project lead, Iain Woodrow, Clinical Biochemist), Wakefield CCG and Wakefield Council (Janet Wilson, Public Health Principal).
Dr Deven Vani, from The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This is a great example of Primary and secondary care working together in joint partnership with Public Health Wakefield to improve patient experience. We are keen to support GP’s with detecting medical conditions at an early stage to help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.”
The team are currently working with The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) to roll this test out to GPs in other areas.
The Wakefield team will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector, and the awards will be presented at an inspirational ceremony on 23 November in London.
PHOTO:L-R; Janet Wilson, Public Health Principal, and Dr Deven Vani, Consultant Gastroenterologist and project lead at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.