Congratulations to the organisations that were shortlisted for the 2017 NICE shared learning awards.

We received 66 entries from organisations across the NHS, local authorities, social care, and the voluntary and private sectors. The standard was extremely high.

The top 4 finalists for the 2017 awards are:

The finalists presented their work at this year’s NICE Conference where attending delegates voted for the winner. 

2017 Shared Learning Award winner:

ASSIST Early Hospital Discharge Scheme - reducing bed blocking and improving the transition from hospital to home

In Mansfield and Ashfield integrated working between clinical practitioners, social workers and housing teams has unblocked thousands of beds and saved the NHS £1.4m last year. The multi-disciplinary team works with adults at the point of admission to free up staff time in A&E by signposting people with social needs. They also work together on wards of the hospital to identify and work with patients who are fit to go home but may need assistance to do so.


If one were to scale up this work it would be massive across the UK. Savings of this magnitude would go a long way towards funding 7-day secondary care
Dr Mark Holland, President to the Society for Acute Medicine

Contact: Christine Fisher

Housing Operations and Safeguarding Manager

Mansfield District Council


Telephone: 01623 463711

Runners up

OASIS Group: improving quality of life in patients with lower limb osteoarthritis

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust

OASIS group poster

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A 6 week programme focusing on education with a holistic approach and exercise to improve strength and fitness

The Integrated Physiotherapy Orthopedic and Pain Service (IPOPS), part of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership (SSOTP) Trust, built upon the foundations of an existing rehab group to develop a programme with appropriate exercises at its core, alongside key education about osteoarthritis. The programme increases self-management and reduces referrals to secondary care.

Blackburn with Darwen's integrated Wellbeing Service: making what we have work better

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council


Blackburn with Darwen’s integrated Wellbeing Service: making what we have work better poster

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A hub to deliver a more integrated wellbeing service to the public, rather than a range of individual service offerings

The service aims to create a clear access point to support people to make healthier lifestyle choices and reduce health inequalities. Practical advice and supported signposting into appropriate services are offered to help people improve their health and wellbeing.

Management of hypertension in pregnancy

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Management of hypertension in pregnancy poster

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A project to improve care and outcomes for pregnant women with chronic hypertension

A dedicated clinic was set up using a multidisciplinary approach and aimed to transform the care women received. In the first year there were no avoidable stillbirths after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Highly commended entries from 2017

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See winners and runners up from previous years