Civic data project shortlisted for Health Service Journal award

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A collaboration involving the University of Liverpool, NHS and local government has been shortlisted in this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards.

A ‘civic blueprint’ developed by the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System (ICS) with the University and One Liverpool Partnership has been shortlisted for the ‘Using Data to Connect Services Award.’

The blueprint aims to support other health and care systems, partnerships, and organisations across the country, to close the gap between data and action for better health and care.

The nomination includes the NHS Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action (CIPHA) system, which brought people, data and infrastructure together to deliver world-first responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now helping to build intelligence-led Integrated Care Systems.

The system was used to help deliver Liverpool’s COVID-19 mass testing pilot, which cut cases and hospitalisations, as well as supporting the Events Research Programme which enabled the return of large-scale events after lockdowns.

Professor Iain Buchan, who led the University’s work for the collaboration, said: “In 30 years of working to bring data science into NHS and public health problem-solving for patient and public benefit, CIPHA has been the watershed moment for me. For the first time, I have seen an effective health & care system wide, civic partnership pull data, digital infrastructure and analytic expertise, including ‘action-research’, into tackling priority health problems swiftly. The CIPHA team not only bridged the data-action gap during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering world first insights, but continue to do so as we build an Integrated Care System to tackle current challenges with dependable intelligence. It is a great privilege to work in this deeply committed partnership.”

Now in its 42nd year, the HSJ Awards provide an opportunity to shine a light on the outstanding efforts and achievements that individuals and teams across the healthcare sector deliver.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, said: “On behalf of all my colleagues, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate Cheshire and Merseyside ICS and One Liverpool Partnership on being shortlisted as a finalist in the category of Using Data to Connect Services Award.

All of the applications represent the ‘very best of the NHS’ and often leave our esteemed panel of judges with an impossible choice!

“Year on year the number of entrants continue to rise which I find so encouraging and is testament to the effect that HSJ Awards can have on improved staff culture and morale.

“We’re all very much looking forward to welcoming our finalists to the awards ceremony in November, celebrating their impressive achievements and jointly acknowledging our values of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and continuously driving for better service. But we never forget that the award ceremony is not just a celebration within a night, but a platform to recognise the hard work of all our NHS staff, all year round.”

The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 17th 2022.