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17 September 2021

City service for long-Covid sufferers in running for national health award

The team behind a specialist service for patients suffering from long-Covid will find out on Monday (September 20th) if they have won a national award for their work.

The Sheffield Long Covid Programme is a finalist in the Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards Service User Engagement and Co-production category.

The award recognises healthcare initiatives which are designed and planned with patients and their families.

The Long Covid Programme was set up by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group to provide a specialist service for those patients who suffer from longer term effects of Covid-19 infection. Symptoms of long-Covid can include brain fog, anxiety, depression, breathlessness, fatigue and other debilitating symptoms.

The programme worked with clinicians and patients, including establishing a Patient Voice Group, to set up the service and ensure people could be referred for the right treatment and rehabilitation services.

Patient Doug Reid took part in the programme and was part of the team that presented to the HSJ judging panel.

He said: “To be given the chance to contribute, after months of isolation and recovery, was an enjoyable process, challenging yet rewarding, and pleasing to see our ideas coming to fulfilment.”

Dr Sarah Jenkins, Deputy Medical Director for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Programme Clinical Lead for the Sheffield Long Covid Programme, said: “Long Covid is a new medical condition but right from the start our team of people with experience of long Covid and staff have worked phenomenally hard to ensure that patients are at the heart of post-Covid-19 healthcare services that the city can be proud of.”

Dr Anthony Gore, Clinical Director at NHS Sheffield CCG, said: “It is great news that the Long Covid Programme has been shortlisted for this award, it’s testament to the hard work of all the clinical leaders, managers and most importantly patients, that have come together to set it up in a short space of time.”

Pic: The Long Covid Programme team

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