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2019 HSJ Award Nomination27th Aug 19

‘Rightpath’ has been shortlisted out of hundreds of applications for the Community or Primary Care Service Redesign Initiative at this year’s HSJ Awards, which recognise outstanding contribution to healthcare. The ‘Rightpath’ initiative, developed in collaboration with South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University, was developed in response to growing pressures on the specialist services related to children and young people. There were many children who had issues like knocked knees and flat feet who were waiting a long time to be seen in a central specialist centre. This had a knock-on effect on the waiting times for others who had more serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, neurodisability or cancer. ‘Rightpath’ supports allied health professionals with paediatric expertise to promptly identify GP referrals and triage them to the appropriate specialist paediatric service or to Rightpath community-based physiotherapy or podiatry. This service has already been awarded a BSR Best Practice model award.

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