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LLR shortlisted for two more HSJ Awards


Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland’s (LLR) Connected Care Programme has been chosen as a finalist for two more Health Service Journal awards using our technology.

At the upcoming HSJ Patient Safety Awards, the “Virtual/Remote Care Initiative” and “Learning Disabilities Initiative” categories have recognised the wonderful work the Connected Care Programme has been doing, especially for those with additional needs.

Virtual Care for confidence and better outcomes

The Connected Care Programme was developed jointly between the LLR Integrated Care Board, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council.

The programme uses Whzan remote technology to reduce avoidable hospital admissions for residents of care homes. In short, the automated readings from Whzan’s Blue Box enables primary care to have a set of eyes inside each care home. Equally, this allows staff within the care home to have more confidence in decision making and in instigating clinical conversations that initiate a timely response to their worries and concerns. 

This has meant that care home residents in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are enabled to live as well as possible for as long as possible, something highlighted in the Virtual/Remote Care Initiative submission.


Helping those less able

In addition, the LeDeR report highlighted that people with learning disabilities were more likely to die younger than those without.

Medical procedures can increase anxiety levels for all of us and for some being able to rationalise that can be challenging. For those with learning disabilities, spending time in spaces that are unfamiliar and rushed can be an unpleasant experience.

For the second submission, Learning Disabilities Initiative, one of LLR’s home residents has told us of his story.

Chris has a learning disability and wants to be part of his personal healthcare journey.   As part of the LLR Connected Care Programme, he was equipped with a Whzan Blue Box allowing him to take his vital signs and gain an understanding of his health.

Wanting to share his story with others, Chris made a film that we featured a few weeks ago demonstrating how this has helped him, which has been shared within his community and serves to support others in the same space.


A common language

Many people like Chris have benefited from the pilot scheme set up by LLR and highlighted in their submission.

Carers are able to use NEWS2 as a common language when having conversations with outside support such as GPs reducing confusion and improving response. In addition, not only had there been a noticeable reduction in hospital admissions and ambulance callouts, they demonstrated savings of £600,000 in just four months.

We wish them the best of luck at the finals in September this year as proud partners.

They deserve the recognition.

*Award entry and contributions to this story were put together by the wonderful Tara Marshall, These Hands Academy.


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