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Nurse-led service wins award for reducing health inequalities

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A social enterprise in Lincolnshire that combines a nurse-led practice with a social care unit has won through to the finals of the national NHS Health & Social Care Awards.

The Health and Social Care Awards, which have been going since 2001, are run jointly by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and the Department of Health.

There are 14 award categories, which operate at a regional and national level. The winners of the regional awards go through to compete against each other for national honours.

The ‘Open Door’ service, which is located in a deprived area of Grimsby, has won the Yorkshire and the Humber regional award in the Improving Health and Reducing Inequalities category.

The service comprises a nurse-led practice which, in-line with its name, never refuses to add a patient to its list. Open Door’s medical services manager, Maxine Green, said: ‘We take anybody and everybody.’

The social care arm of the service offers a range of free counselling and other services.

Open Door was set up as a social enterprise scheme in 2007 and is funded by North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus, the commissioning arm of what was North East Lincolnshire PCT.

The national finals will be held in London on 8 July. Pictured are Ms Green and social care manager Rob Baty.

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