Reducing variation in access to or quality of services

On this page, we list some of the projects and services which have been set up in the Healthy Hastings and Rother area to reduce variation in access to or quality of services for local people.

To read more about our other programme objectives, click on the links below:

HHR Cancer Research UK

Cancer Quality Improvement Service 

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) provided GP practices with individualised support to improve cancer performance, especially early diagnosis and treatment rates. The results of this work include:

  • 20 GP Practices (95%) now have Cancer Action Plans (CAPs) which have resulted in improved awareness and understanding within the Practice of their cancer services data and how it compares to CCG/NHS England benchmarks and targets

  • Medical and non-medical staff supporting patients to take up screening through opportunistic conversations and sharing promotional resources

This project was completed in March 2018. A project report including outcomes, learning and recommendations is available to download via this link.

HHR Cancer Awareness Project

Increasing uptake of national cancer screening programmes

Following the introduction of a locally commissioned service (LCS) provided by GP Practices, more than 14,000 people, who have not previously participated in national cancer screening programmes, have been engaged by practices and encouraged to participate. As a follow up to the LCS, an audit has been undertaken at one practice to determine how many people participated in the cervical screening programme following the contact. Of 393 patients contacted, 135 (34%) had a smear whilst 258 (66%) did not. Of those who did not have a smear, 121 (47%) patients actively refused to have a smear and 137 (53%) ignored the invitation/ passively refused.

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Health Promoting Trust Programme at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) 

A comprehensive programme has been put in place to co-ordinate staff health and wellbeing, healthy eating and healthy transport projects and is working towards implementing hospital smoke-free policies. This programme will enable ESHT to achieve the World Health Organisation's five "Health Promoting Hospitals" standards. Alongside this programme, Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training is being delivered, increasing the knowledge and skills of ESHT staff to have healthy conversations with patients about their health behaviours. To date, 3010 members of staff have been trained and MECC is now included in mandatory training for all ESHT frontline staff. Feedback from staff has been very positive with 100% reporting they now felt better equipped to have healthy lifestyle conversations with patients.

Click here to download a report providing an assessment and summary of the work of the Health Promoting Trust and MECC projects at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to date.

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Healthy Living Pharmacies 

A Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) scheme is now in place aimed at improving access to health promotion, self-care advice and support for people, including signposting to local NHS and community services. Pharmacy staff have participated in extra training to enable them to deliver services and each HLP has at least one ‘health champion’ who can offer health advice and support on topics such as stopping smoking. See our directory of key services for further information and the locations of HLPs in Hastings and Rother.

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