The Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre.
The Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre.

Hull’s Jean Bishop care centre wins high-profile health award

A revolutionary Hull care facility has scooped a high-profile national award for improving the lives of frail, older people in the city.

The Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre won the best Community/Primary Care Service Redesign in the North, Midlands and East at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards last night.

The centre was opened in 2018 by one of the city’s most recognisable fundraisers, Jean Bishop, known to many as the Bee Lady.

The first of its type in the UK, the centre has transformed care for older people in Hull by providing out-of-hospital care, enabling residents to keep fit, healthy and living independently in their own homes.

The judging panel, made up of influential figures in the healthcare community, chose the centre ahead of strong competition from across the country.

More than 2,500 patients have already received a comprehensive geriatric assessment in its first year.

NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group chief officer Emma Latimer said: “It’s amazing to have received this award. The Jean Bishop ICC provides extremely vulnerable, frail people with a really different experience of care.

“It’s not about medicalisation, it’s about understanding a patient’s needs and addressing them as a team. At the ICC, everyone wears different badges, they work for different organisations but you’d never know because the only focus is on the patient in front of them. I’m so proud to be part of the team and well done to all who have been involved.”

Learn more about the centre here.

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