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​One Health Lewisham's ASK NHS GP App Finalist For HSJ Award

​One Health Lewisham's ASK NHS GP app has been shortlisted for a HSJ Value Award 2019.
We commissioned One Health Lewisham to develop and implement the ASK NHS GP app to support patients registered with a Lewisham GP to get easier access to health services. The app makes it easier for patients to get the right service at the right time. The app enables patients that need to see a GP, get access quickly and conveniently through their mobile phones or smart devices. It is free to download and features an interactive symptom checker which triages patients in a clinically safe way, using NICE accredited evidence based protocol to the most appropriate onward care (self-care, GP appointment, A & E) within an appropriate timescale. 

The app has been configured with GP appointment systems, so patients are able to directly book an appointment be it either urgent or routine without having to call the practice. In addition, a transcript of the questions and answers is sent to the patient’s practice helping to make the consultation more efficient and effective for both the patient and the GP. 
Dr Prad Velayuthan, CEO One Health Lewisham said, "One Health Lewisham is delighted to be shortlisted for a HSJ Value Award. This is wonderful recognition for all our hard work in developing the ASK NHS GP app in partnership with Sensely. We’re really proud of the app which is empowering patients in Lewisham to take control of their health and improve access to their GP."

Adam Odessky, CEO and Co-founder of Sensely, said  “We’re grateful to be working with One Health Lewisham, the ability to partner directly with active GPs has provided a unique opportunity design technology that fits seamlessly into existing practice workflows, which has greatly enhanced the overall ability of ASK NHS GP to meet the ambitious goals of the CCG and its patients.”

Dr Jacky McLeod, Clinical Lead at NHS Lewisham CCG said: “We believe that this innovation will really transform the way people in Lewisham access health advice and care, and reinforce our efforts to help them have the confidence to self-care where appropriate, seek advice from primary care experts like pharmacists and nurses and enable direct booking of appointments for those who really need to see a GP. We are absolutely delighted that the HSJ panel have recognised the positive impact this will have on patient access and demand in primary care, by shortlisting OHL for this prestigious Award!”

As the demands on the NHS to deliver greater quality care within ever tighter budgets intensifies, the HSJ Value Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency, improvements in patient care and reduction in variation. The ASK NHS GP app is a finalist in the Primary Care Initiative of the Year category. The winners will be announced on Thursday 23rd May at Manchester Central.