Redbridge NHS services praised for efficiency and improvement

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The judging panel includes senior figures from across the NHS in England The judging panel includes senior figures from across the NHS in England

New services that help people get better in their own homes, without the need to go to hospital have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Redbridge’s Community Treatment Teams (CTT) and the Intensive Rehabilitation Service (IRS) were shortlisted for a Health Service Journal Value Award for outstanding efficiency and improvement.

The CTT provides short term intensive care and support for people experiencing a health or social care crisis.

The IRS means that people get support, such as physiotherapy, in their own homes rather than a community bed.

In May the services reached an average of 9.6 out of 10 in customer satisfaction surveys.

Dr Anil Mehta chair of Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and a local GP, said: “By developing these services and bringing together health and social care, not only do patients get better care but, importantly, we are also helping reduce the pressure on local hospitals.”

The CCG has taken over much of the work that used to be done by NHS Redbridge which closed down in March 2013.

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