Bolton NHS director wins major national award

Monday 14 December 2015

Dr Stephen Liversedge, Clinical Director of Primary Care and Health Improvement at NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has won a major national award for his innovative efforts.

Dr Liversedge, who has previously been awarded an MBE for the BIG Bolton Health Check - a hugely successful campaign which transformed the health and extended the life expectancy of thousands of people in Bolton - was named ‘Clinician of the Year’ at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) awards ceremony in front of 750 guests.

The HFMA awards celebrate excellence in finance departments across the UK, showcasing best practice and achievement in financial management and governance.  Dr Liversedge was recognised for leading the design of the Bolton Quality Contract, the country’s first agreement of its kind to make a wide range of improvements to GP services. The contract is aimed at bringing practices across the borough up to the same standard by improving access, eliminating waste in prescribing, and reducing unnecessary hospital attendances.

Dr Liversedge recognised that the CCG needed to make radical changes in order to continue to deliver accessible, safe, high quality care for the local population. He explored various innovative concepts when researching what other health economies have done to manage an increased demand for services and funding pressures.

A significant change within the new contract means all practices across Bolton now stay open between 8am-6.30pm on weekdays, which ended traditional lunchtime and half-day closing and created 61,000 extra appointments every year for local people. Other improvements include children under 12 being assessed on the same day, appointments being bookable a month in advance, and guaranteed access to both male and female clinicians.

Dr Liversedge said: “I am delighted to have won this award on behalf of everyone at Bolton CCG. All of us are dedicated to improving care for the people of Bolton - the Quality Contract is ensuring that local people can see a GP when they need to, and is preventing unnecessary journeys to hospital. By ensuring that NHS funds are being spent in the right areas by eliminating waste, it is also freeing up money which can be spent on more patient services.”

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