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26th May, 1999



Winners will receive up to #50,000 to spread best practice

Health Minister John Denham today announced the first NHS Beacon Services at the NHS Confederation Conference in Harrogate.

More than 230 NHS Beacons were announced, representing leading examples of good practice in primary care, cutting waiting lists and waiting times, and mental health - a list is attached in an Annex. The selection of further Beacons in the areas of cancer services and human resources - best practice will be announced in June.

Mr Denham said:

"The NHS Beacon Services Programme celebrates success and spreads best practice. Beacons are about making a real difference to patients in the National Health Service and the best of the best in the Health Service can provide examples to the rest.

"All the services which have been identified as Beacons reflect the Government''s aim of building a modern and dependable NHS which provides prompt, high quality integrated services.

"Beacons have been chosen from NHS Trusts and general practices which have improved the way they deliver services in mental health, primary care and waiting lists.

"We are making up to #50,000 available for each NHS Trust and #4,000 for each general practice Beacon service to enable them to share their good practice.

"In addition, the Nye Bevan awards, named after the founder of the NHS, will showcase the very best Beacons in the country. All Beacons will be considered for the eight regional awards and an overall national award. The winner of the national award will receive #50,000, and each regional winner will receive #25,000 to use to disseminate activities. All beacons will be invited to the Nye Bevan awards and a related conference on 5 July. The theme of the conference is ''sharing learning'' from the Beacons programme.

Beacons have been chosen using objective selection criteria by panels that include clinicians and managers working in the NHS and people who use the services. They must have demonstrated high quality or recent improvement in a service they provide. They must have objective measures of success and be of such a standard as to arouse considerable interest from colleagues in the NHS. Once appointed, Beacons will normally participate in the scheme for two years, subject to demonstration of satisfactory progress in sharing good practice.

They will enter into a learning agreement with the Department of Health which encourages the spreading of good practice by:

Participating in development networks and NHS events

Participating in a programme of at least 6 ''open days'' each year Undertaking training for their own staff to further develop their skills in dissemination and training

Acting as mentors of other similar services

Participating in workshops, seminars and conferences

Producing information on their service for the Learning Zone on NHSweb

NHS Beacons will help to create, and be part of, a wider agenda of work to boost the spread of good practice between organisations in the service. Beacons will therefore be an important element in a ''Learning Network'' for the NHS that encourages the sharing of local success to inspire higher standards of care nationwide. Other key components of this Learning Zone will be Learning Centres, a new boost to strategic leadership development and a host of other support for a learning culture in the NHS.

Notes to Editors:

Nye Bevan awards are in the spirit of the founder of the NHS, Aneurin Bevan. They showcase the best of the best. There will be 8 Regional Nye Bevan awards of #25,000 each for providing an outstanding service to patients. For a single exemplary scheme (to be selected) there will be an additional award of #50,000.

Further details on individual schemes are available from NHS Executive regional offices.


Beacon Site Beacon Service NHS Region

Hartcliffe Health Centre, Bristol Clinical Services SWRO

Highcliffe Medical Centre, Christchurch Clinical Services SWRO

Swanage Health Centre, Swanage Clinical Services SWRO

Royal Manor Health Care, Portland Clinical Services SWRO

St Thomas Health Centre, Exeter Clinical Services SWRO

Litchdon Medical Centre, Barnstaple Clinical Services SWRO

Burnham Medical Centre, Burnham on Sea Clinical Services SWRO

Lovemead Group Practice, Trowbridge Clinical Services SWRO

West Cliff Medical Centre, Bournemouth Effective Prescribing SWRO

Drs Selley & Stephenson, The Surgery, Effective Prescribing SWRO Crediton

Horfield Health Centre, Bristol Clinical Governance SWRO

The Surgery, Constantine, Falmouth Clinical Governance SWRO

St Leonards Medical Practice, Exeter Clinical Governance SWRO

Ilfracombe Medical Centre, Ilfracombe Clinical Governance SWRO

Lower Lemon Street Surgery, Truro PC - Health Improvement SWRO

Wyke Regis Health Centre, Weymouth PC - Health Improvement SWRO

Phoenix Surgery, Cirencester PC - Health Improvement SWRO

Haynes Lane Surgery, Bristol Patient Partnership SWRO

Sunflower Cottage, Exeter Patient Partnership SWRO

Montpelier Health Centre, Bristol Practice Management SWRO

Grange Road Surgery, Bristol IM&T SWRO

The Maples Surgery, Leicester Clinical Services TRO

Latham House Medical Practice, Clinical Services TRO Melton Mowbray

Keyworth Health Centre, Keyworth Clinical Services TRO

The Sheepmarket Surgery, Stamford Effective Prescribing TRO

Holywell House Medical, Chesterfield Effective Prescribing TRO

Dovercourt Surgery, Sheffield Patient Partnership TRO

The Middleton Lodge Practice, Newark Patient Partnership TRO

Park Farm Medical Centre, Derby Patient Partnership TRO

The Health Centre, Dronfield, Doncaster Clinical Governance TRO

Uppingham Road Health Centre, Leics Clinical Governance TRO

Doncaster TARGET, Doncaster Health Authority Clinical Governance TRO

Measham Medical Unit, Swadlincote Clinical Governance TRO

Dr J P Cook, 1A Welbeck Road, Chesterfield Clinical Governance TRO

The Surgeries, Lombard Street, Newark Practice Management TRO

Macklin Street Surgery, Derby Practice Management TRO

Dr N R Pulman, 99 Belvoir Road, Coalville IM&T TRO

The Health Centre, Countesthorpe IM&T TRO

Woodseats Medical Centre, Sheffield IM&T TRO

Dr A S Whitaker, 53 Bridge Street, Brigg IM&T TRO

Hanover Medical Centre, Sheffield PC - Health Improvement TRO

St Mathews Medical Centre, Leics PC - Health Improvement TRO

The Surgery , Block Lane, Oldham Clinical Governance NWRO

Manor House Surgery, Glossop Clinical Governance NWRO

Grasmere Street Health Centre, Leigh Clinical Governance NWRO

Shay Lane Medical Centre, Altringham Clinical Governance NWRO

Lytham Road Surgery, Fulwood Clinical Services NWRO

The Crescent Surgery, Thornton Cleveleys Clinical Services NWRO

The Brooke Surgery, Hyde Clinical Services NWRO

Central Park Medical Centre, Wallasey Clinical Services NWRO

Heath Lane Medical Centre, Chester Clinical Services NWRO

Ashton Medical Centre, Wigan Effective Prescribing NWRO

Gladstone Medical Centre, Birkenhead Effective Prescribing NWRO

North Stockton PCG, Stockport Health Improvement NWRO

Mandalay Medical Centre, Bolton Health Improvement NWRO

Bewsey Street Medical Centre, Warrington Health Improvement NWRO

Shadworth Surgery, Blackburn IM&T NWRO

Ash Tree House, Preston IM&T NWRO

Brooklands Medical Practice, Manchester IM&T NWRO

Castlefields Health Centre, Runcorn IM&T NWRO

The Health Centre, Raikes Road, Preston Patient Partnership NWRO

Dr I S Kewsley, 11 Railway Road, Ormskirk Practice Management NWRO

Stonebridge Surgery, Preston Practice Management NWRO

The Surgery, Houghton Lane, Wigan Practice Management NWRO

Somerset Gardens Family Health Care Centre Clinical Services LRO Tottenham, London

Highgate Group Practice, Highgate, London Clinical Services LRO

Lonsdale Medical Centre, London Clinical Services LRO

Dr P J Sandu, 95 Hammond Road, Southall Clinical Services LRO

Hurley Clinic, Kennington Lane, London Clinical Services LRO

The Rowans, Windermere Road, London Clinical Services LRO

Great Chapel Street Medical Centre, London Clinical Services LRO

Mr R Boyce, 75 Fleet Road, London PC - Health Improvement LRO

Mawbey Brough Health Centre, London PC - Health Improvement LRO

James Wigg Practice, Kentish Town, London IM&T LRO

Parchmore Medical Centre, Thornton Heath, IM&T LRO Croydon

Petersfield Surgery, Romford IM&T LRO

Broadwater Farm Medical Practice, London IM&T LRO

Gallions Reach Health Centre, Thamesmead Practice Management LRO

Balham Park Surgery, London Practice Management LRO

Ballater Medical/Dental Practice, Orpington Clinical Governance LRO

Dr P Jones, 149 Altmore Avenue, East Ham, Clinical Governance LRO London

Killick Street Health Centre, London Patient Partnership LRO

Wells Park Practice, London Patient Partnership LRO

The Elliot Hall Medical Centre, Pinner Patient Partnership LRO

Broughton House Surgery, Batley Clinical Governance NYRO

Windhill Green Medical Centre, Shipley Clinical Services NYRO

The Health Centre, Greenside, Cleckheaton Clinical Services NYRO

Hall Road Surgery, Hull Clinical Services NYRO

Thornaby & Barwick Medical Group, Clinical Services NYRO Barnaby on Tees

Tieve Tara Surgery, Castleford Clinical Services NYRO

Ferrybridge Medical Centre, Ferrybridge Clinical Services NYRO

Ashwell Medical Centre, Bradford Clinical Services NYRO

Harbison House Surgery, Sedgefield Effective Prescribing NYRO

Dyneley House Surgery, Skipton Effective Prescribing NYRO

Church View Medical Centre, Sunderland Effective Prescribing NYRO

Drs Whitford & Finlay, West Farm Avenue, PC - Health Improvement NYRO Newcastle upon Tyne

Blyth Health Centre, Blyth PC - Health Improvement NYRO

Middlesbrough & Eston, Linthorpe Road, PC - Health Improvement NYRO Middlesbrough

Teams Family Practice, Gateshead PC - Health Improvement NYRO

Brampton Medical Practice, Carlisle PC - Health Improvement NYRO

NFA Health Centre for Homeless People, Leeds PC - Health Improvement NYRO

Bishopgate Medical Centre, Bishop Auckland IM&T NYRO

Kepier Medical Practice, Houghton le Spring IM&T NYRO

Maryport Group Practice, Maryport IM&T NYRO

St Pauls Medical Centre, Carlisle IM&T NYRO

The Ridge Medical Practice, Bradford Practice Management NYRO

Westcliffe Medical Centre, Shipley Practice Management NYRO

Dr J Levick , Derwentside Primary Care Practice Management NYRO Development Centre, Consett

Walker Medical Group, Newcastle upon Tyne Practice Management NYRO

Wellington Square Medical Centre, Hastings Clinical Services SERO

Blackthorn Medical Centre, Maidstone Clinical Services SERO

Testvale Surgery, Southampton Clinical Services SERO

Highlands Medical Centre, Fareham Clinical Services SERO

The Molebridge Practice, Leatherhead Clinical Services SERO

Orchard End Surgery , Cranbrook Effective Prescribing SERO

New Hayesbank Surgery, Ashford Clinical Governance SERO

Cookham Medical Centre, Maidenhead Clinical Governance SERO

Brockenhurst & Sway Health Care Team, PC - Health Improvement SERO Brockenhurst

Sonning Common Health Centre, Reading PC - Health Improvement SERO

The Downland Practice, Newbury Patient Partnership SERO

Capelfield Surgery, Esher Patient Partnership SERO

The Grange Medical Centre, Ramsgate Patient Partnership SERO

Leicester Terrace Health Care Centre, Practice Management SERO Northampton

Woodbridge Hill Surgery, Guildford IM&T SERO

Bidford Health Centre, Bidford on Avon Clinical Governance WMRO

Mrs L M Chandler, 65 Fisher Street, Willenhall Clinical Services WMRO

Bewdley Medical Centre, Bewdley Clinical Services WMRO

Moorland Medical Centre, Leek Clinical Services WMRO

The Surgery, School Lane, Upton-upon-Severn Clinical Services WMRO

Mrs M Price, 15 Chace Avenue, Coventry Clinical Services WMRO

Tile Hill Health Centre, Coventry Clinical Services WMRO

Nunwell Surgery, Bromyard Clinical Services WMRO

Four Oaks Medical Centre, Sutton Coalfield Clinical Services WMRO

Bellevue Medical Centre, Birmingham Clinical Services WMRO

Dunrobin Street Medical Centre, Stoke on Trent PC - Health Improvement WMRO

Mytton Oak Surgery, Shrewsbury PC - Health Improvement WMRO

Sutton Hill Medical Practice, Telford PC - Health Improvement WMRO

Red Roofs Surgery, Nuneaton PC - Health Improvement WMRO

John Kelso Practice, Leek IM&T WMRO

Northgate Medical Centre, Walsall Effective Prescribing WMRO

Forrest Medical Centre, Coventry Effective Prescribing WMRO

Holbrooks Health Team, Coventry Practice Management WMRO

Pinfold Health Centre, Walsall Practice Management WMRO

The Surgery, School Lane, Upton upon Severn Patient Partnership WMRO

Biscot Road Surgery, Luton PC - Health Improvement ERO

The Surgery, Hardingham Street, Norwich PC - Health Improvement ERO

The Surgery, Nevells Road, Letchworth PC - Health Improvement ERO

The Limes Medical centre, Epping Clinical Services ERO

Fairbrook Medical Centre, Borehamwood Clinical Services ERO

The Health Centre, Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket Clinical Services ERO

The Surgery, Morning Road West, Hoveton Clinical Services ERO

Hatfield Road Surgery, Ipswich Clinical Services ERO

Wigmore Lane Health Centre, Luton Clinical Services ERO

Wigmore Lane Health Centre, Luton Effective Prescribing ERO

The Riverside Practice, March Effective Prescribing ERO

Manor View Practice, Bushey Effective Prescribing ERO

Hellesdon Medical Practice, Norwich Effective Prescribing ERO

West Road Surgery, Westcliffe on Sea Clinical Governance ERO

Biscot Road Surgery, Luton Clinical Governance ERO

Nuffield House, Harlow Patient Partnership ERO

Yaxley Group Practice, Peterborough Patient Partnership ERO

The Spinney Partnership, St Ives, Cambs Patient Partnership ERO

Bacon Road Medical Centre, Norwich IM&T ERO

Falkland Surgery, Great Yarmouth IM&T ERO

Harvey Group Practice, St Albans Practice Management ERO

Bennets End Surgery, Hemel Hempstead Practice Management ERO

Waiting List Performance and Booked Admissions Beacon Services

Beacon Site Beacon Service NHS Region

City Hospitals Sunderland Urology - Waiting List Modelling NYRO and Forecasting

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust Dermatology Unit NYRO

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust ''HomeWard'' Initiative NYRO

South Durham Healthcare NHS Trust Booked Admissions NYRO

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust Urology Unit LRO

Queen Mary Sidcup Trust ''Whole Systems'' Approach LRO

Greenwich Healthcare NHS Trust Collaborative Surgical Pathways LRO

Homerton Hospital NHS Trust Booked Admissions LRO

West/Central Middlesex Hospitals NHS Trust Booked Admissions LRO

Radcliffe Infirmary NHS Trust Opthalmology Unit SERO

South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust Cross-Boundary Working SERO

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust Eye Unit SERO

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust Booked Admissions SERO

Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Centralised Waiting List Department NWRO

Oldham NHS Trust Waiting List Modelling and Forecasting NWRO

Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust Physiotherapy Led Orthopaedic Service NWRO

Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS Trust CALM System WMRO

Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust Central Admissions Structure WMRO

Worcester Royal Infirmary Opthalmology Unit WMRO

Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust Booked Admissions WMRO

Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals Endoscopy Service ERO NHS Trust

Southend Hospital NHS Trust Day Surgery ERO

Peterborough Hospital NHS Trust Urology Unit ERO

Weston Area Health NHS Trust Integrated Short Stay Unit SWRO

Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust Waiting List and Systems Management SWRO

West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust Joint Working on Waiting Lists SWRO

Royal United Hospital NHS Trust, Bath Booked Admissions SWRO

Poole Hospital NHS Trust Booked Admissions SWRO

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Trust Booked Admissions SWRO

Sheffield Children''s Hospital NHS Trust Opthalmology Outpatient Service TRO

Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust ENT Services TRO

Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust Central Waiting List Management TRO

Leicester General Hospital NHS Trust Booked Admissions TRO


Beacon Site Beacon Service NHS Region

Camden and Islington Community The Drayton Park Crisis Project LRO Service NHS Trust

Lambeth Healthcare NHS Trust Brixton Early Psychosis Project LRO

Pathfinder Mental Health Services Assertive Community Treatment Team LRO NHS Trust

Northampton Community Trust Mental Health in Primary Care SERO

Surrrey/Hampshire Borders NHS Trust, The Mental Health Risk Screening SERO Farnham Hospital Initiative

Loddon Community NHS Trust Rapid Assessment Service and Alliance SERO Housing Project

Priority Enterprises, Wingfield Day Unit The Priority Enterprises Service SERO

Bradford Community Health NHS Trust Home Treatment Service NYRO

Dewsbury Healthcare NHS Trust Integrated Community Mental Health Services NYRO

Northumberland Mental Health Northumberland User Voice Project NYRO NHS Trust

Northumberland Mental Health Early Intervention in Schizophrenia NYRO NHS Trust

Tees and North East Yorkshire Mental Health Primary Care Team NYRO NHS Trust

Avon and West Wiltshire Mental Effective Vocational Rehabilitation SWRO Health Trust

South Devon Healthcare Trust Community Alternatives to Hospital and SWRO Intensive Community Treatment

Avon and West Wiltshire Mental Family Work in Schizophrenia SWRO Health Trust and the University of Bath

Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust Rehabilitation Services SWRO

Bay Community NHS Trust Accessing Employment Through Education NWRO Colleges

Tameside and Glossop Joint Mental Health Service NWRO

Salford Mental Health Services Improving Access to Meaningful Occupation NWRO

Chester and Halton Community NHS Managing Mental Health in Primary Care NWRO Trust

Warrington Community Healthcare NHS Gatehouse Assessment Centre NWRO Trust

The Royal Oldham Hospital Integrated Approach to Organisational and NWRO Clinical Risk Assessment and Management

North East Essex Mental Health Trust `Safe for the Weekend'' Initiative ERO

Bedfordshire and Luton Community NHS Assertive Outreach for Mentally Disordered ERO Trust Offenders

Hinchinbrook Healthcare NHS Trust Mental Health Support in Rural Primary Care ERO

Bedfordshire & Luton Community Improvement of Mental Health Care Through ERO NHS Trust Primary and Secondary Care Liaison

North Birmingham Mental Health Early Intervention Service WMRO NHS Trust

North Birmingham Mental Health Small Heath Locality Mental Health WMRO NHS Trust Trust

Wolverhampton Healthcare African-Caribbean Initiative WMRO

National Schizophrenia Fellowship The Archway Project WMRO

The Foundation NHS Trust Forensic Liaison Service WMRO

The Foundation NHS Trust Assertive Community Treatment Service WMRO

South Lincolnshire Healthcare Stamford Resource Home Treatment Service TRO NHS Trust

Nottingham Rehabilitation Service Nottingham Rehabilitation & Community TRO Care Services


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