West Yorks team wins innovation award

Cowgill Medical Practice and Oberoi Consulting have won an innovation award to improve the quality of health care.

The West Yorkshire team have been selected by independent health care charity the Health Foundation to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.

The initiative from Cowgill Medical Practice & Oberoi Consulting looks at addressing current delays, inequalities and inconsistency in early diagnosis of patients presenting with signs and symptoms of possible malignancy.

In June 2015, NICE recommended that patients presenting to their GPs with symptoms and signs of possible malignancy be referred promptly for appropriate investigation. The guideline also noted current patient pathway inconsistency.

This innovative project will seek to assess the implementation and effectiveness of electronic triaging of a patient triggered by the completing of an electronic form prior to seeking a GP appointment. The e-questionnaire will be underpinned by an algorithm drawn from the NICE 2015 guideline, NG12.

20 health care projects in the UK are being supported in the third round of the programme. All projects are aimed at improving health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health by testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice.

The outcome of the Cowgill Medical Practice & Oberoi Consulting initiative would be to enable the patient to be referred directly for appropriate investigation or to a specialist clinic.

The team will be led by Dr Pam Rawal, GP Partner at Cowgill Medical Practice and GP with Special Interest in Gastroenterology. Over the course of the programme the team will develop its innovative idea and approach, put it into practice and gather evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of health care.

Dr Rawal said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to change how we can offer health care services that will help us beat cancer by securing earlier diagnosis.’’

Kavita Oberoi OBE, from Oberoi Consulting, said: “The whole system will be built on clinical data and patient experience, ensuring best outcomes for patients and healthcare services.’’

The programme will run for fifteen months and each project will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support implementation and evaluation.