As part of National HIV Testing week Public Health England are making the free National HIV Home Sampling Service available across the whole of England between November 7th and January 7th 2017.
People can order the test via www.test.hiv The PHE funding covers Black Africans and MSM.
Bevan Healthcare CIC finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards
Bevan Healthcare CIC has been shortlisted for the Health and Social Care Social Enterprise in the UK Social Enterprise Awards.
The Awards, organised by Social Enterprise UK, recognise excellence and outstanding achievements by social enterprises – businesses that reinvest their profits for social and environmental good – as well as those who lead them.
The UK now has more than 70,000 social enterprises, employing a million people and contributing £24 billion to the economy each year.
Bevan Healthcare CIC, based in Bradford, provides district-wide NHS General Practice services for homeless people, those in unstable or temporary accommodation, victims of people trafficking, refugees and those who have come to seek asylum in the UK. These are often multiply excluded groups of people.
Gina Rowlands, Managing Director at Bevan Healthcare, was delighted with the news that they have been shortlisted: “This is a great affirmation of much hard work from every member of our team here at Bevan. Our patients are amongst the most vulnerable people in the community, and we strive to be innovative, flexible and dedicated in reaching them. We are thankful for this recognition, and the opportunity to help put inclusion health on the map!”
Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise UK’s Chief Executive, said:
"Congratulations to Bevan Healthcare CIC. This year, the quality of the applications was outstanding. Social enterprises are continuing to grow, change lives and are proof that another way, a better way, of doing business is possible.”
The finals will take place on 28th November in London’s Covent Garden at the Grand Connaught Rooms. Guests will be entertained by the comedian and two time Edinburgh Comedy Awards finalist, Nish Kumar.
Political figures including the Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, will present awards to some of the winners.
Sponsors of the 2016 Awards include Big Society Capital, British Council, GLL, J&J, Landmarc, NatWest, PwC, Santander and Wates.
We would like to share our congratulations with Pathway on their success. On the 7th of September at the NHS Expo in Manchester, Pathway won the National Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care, in the Organisation Category.
The winners were chosen by Kate Granger (who started the "hello my name is..." campaign) before she died, and the award was presented by her husband Chris, and Simon Stevens.
What is the Kate Granger Award?
Nine nominees made up the final shortlist for this year’s Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards.
The finalists were selected from the record number of 130 entrants in the three award categories – up on the 97 received in 2015.
Now in their third year the awards were set up by Kate Granger, the terminally ill doctor who worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis social media campaign.
Together with her close friend and colleague Dr Natalie Silvey, a National Medical Director’s Fellow with NHS England, Kate chose the nine finalists for this year’s awards shortly before she died on 23 July from a rare type of sarcoma.
Kate’s husband of 11 years, Chris Pointon, took Kate’s place at the awards at the Health and Care Innovation Expobeing staged at Manchester Central on September 7 and 8.
He said: “There are some amazing entrants and deciding the shortlist was extremely difficult. The number of nominees shows just how highly regarded these awards have become and Kate was very proud of her legacy to the NHS.”
Before her death at the age of 34, Kate said she hoped the awards would continue and grow into an even bigger event, saying: “Being a patient has taught me a huge amount about being a doctor. Prioritising compassionate care in its rightful place alongside patient safety, under the umbrella of quality is perhaps one of the most important things I have learned.”
The shortlist is made up of three nominees in each of the three award categories.
Those shortlisted have all demonstrated how they have made a fantastic difference to patient care and, in particular, shown evidence of:
It was while undergoing treatment for cancer that Kate started writing about seeing the NHS “through the eyes of a patient”. She launched #hellomynameis campaign to talk about some of her intensely moving experiences. The campaign reminds health care professionals of the importance of introducing themselves to patients and how a relatively ‘little thing’ can positively affect a patient’s experience of the treatment and care they receive. It is now backed by more than 100 health trusts.
In the latest of our series of blogs to mark Volunteers Week 2016, a mum and former asylum seeker tells how she is now helping the healthcare group that came to her aid:
I started volunteering for Bevan Healthcare back in January.
I’ve been a patient at Bevan for 10 years and have benefited very much from their services, helping me through a very stressful time in my life when I came to UK with my young daughter.
They helped me physically by providing excellent GPs and they also helped signpost legal services. They were always available and assisted with the registration of my daughter into a local primary school as well as getting the help she needed at the time due to our difficult circumstances.
As I have received so much care and provision, I wanted to give something back to Bevan. For me, Bevan has been like a family. And because of my experiences of seeking asylum here, I feel I can identify and understand some of the emotions and challenges that many of the patients at Bevan are experiencing.
Since volunteering I have been involved in a range of activities. Firstly, I was a ‘volunteer buddy’ in the waiting area which involves greeting people on arrival and helping them to where they need to be in the building. This also involves helping patients who are having difficulty filling in their registration forms and encouraging patients to fill in the Friends & Family Test.
It’s been good to meet people and offer company to those that look lonely or nervous while waiting for their appointment.
I’ve also been involved in assisting Bevan’s Patient Participation group, helping them to review the services run by Bevan by suggesting ways these might be improved and looking at plugging any current gaps in services.
Recently I was involved in a Women’s Education event where we were addressing the issue of women not engaging in cervical screening and the importance of them being screened. It was a real privilege to be part of this.
I was able to ring all the Iranian women patients to invite them to the event where I acted as translator and lead their group on the day. It was great to see women talking about these key issues, addressing the barriers of pain, embarrassment and fear.
Finally, at the beginning of May, I volunteered to accompany Bevan with a trip to the Dales for mothers and their young children. Many of these women had never been outside of Bradford and you could see their joy at seeing the beautiful scenery and breathing in the fresh air. It was great to be involved!
I do feel my volunteering has made a difference to others. I have been able to listen to people who don’t have anyone to talk to. I’ve also had opportunity to encourage women to think about their health and wellbeing, and have been able to provide Bevan with a patient’s perspective on how their services are working and can be shaped moving forward.
I also know that volunteering has made a real difference to me, improving my self-confidence and self-esteem. Doing something for others has given me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction by feeling I can contribute something to society.
Since volunteering I have certainly felt happier and my role at Bevan has helped me feel ‘alive’ again.
The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by the Bevan House Medical Practice, Bradford, West Yorkshire to be Outstanding following an inspection carried out in February 2015.
Inspectors rated the practice as Outstanding for caring, responsiveness, well-led, safety, and effectiveness. Overall, the practice was rated as outstanding.
Please click the link below to view the CQC press release
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