A group of NHS data specialists have won an award for their work on improving outcomes for children and young people with mental health issues.
The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde team work in Specialist Children’s Services and received the accolade at the Digital Health and Care Awards for their work in tackling health inequalities.
Dr Rachel Harris picked up the award with her colleague Scott Wilson.
Rachel explains: “Unlike the doctors and nurses that the public are used to seeing, we work in the background but are equally committed to making things better for patients.
“Using routine data, the team carried out in-depth analysis of where patients who use Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services come from and how well the service is used in different communities.
“We then talked through the analysis with staff teams, who were able to use their local knowledge to explain some of the different service use patterns. This meant staff could make sometimes quite simple changes to improve the service for children and families, including looking at alternative locations or clinic times.
“It also helps us to consider the needs of children and young people in relation to the communities they live in. We’re delighted to have won this award, and great for the service to be recognised for this research.”
L to r – Robbie Pearson, Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Rachel Harris and Scott Wilson from NHSGGC and Stephen Jardine.
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