GWH staff shortlisted for prestigious national health awards

Posted: September 11, 2012

HSJ Awards shortlist revealed

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised nationally for its strong culture of patient safety and innovation in healthcare, after being shortlisted for two major national health awards.  

The Trust's THINK DRINK campaign and new Ambulatory Care Service have been shortlisted out of over 1,000 entries in the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards. The annual awards honour outstanding achievement in every facet of NHS care across the country.

Nerissa Vaughan, Chief Executive of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "To be shortlisted for just one high profile award is a fantastic achievement let alone two and it's a testament to the quality of our staff and the care they provide that their work is being recognised nationally.  This really is a tribute to the skilled, innovative and compassionate staff we have working for the Trust. I am extremely proud of all of our staff, who are constantly striving to improve the experience of our patients."

The THINK DRINK campaign was shortlisted for the Patient Safety Award for leading the way in improving hydration, an important area of patient safety across the NHS. The project addresses fluid management by harnessing the latest product innovations, introducing robust monitoring tools and raising awareness among staff and patients. 

Karen Braid, the Trust's Productive Ward lead, said: "Adequate hydration is as vital to hospital care as medication. Keeping patients hydrated helps to prevent complications such as infections, delayed wound healing and decreased muscle strength; all resulting in patients needing to be in hospital for longer or being admitted into hospital from the community.  The programme also supports the Trust's drive to improve staff health and wellbeing."

The Ambulatory Care Team has been recognised for their groundbreaking work in developing an Ambulatory Care Service within the Great Western Hospital. The project -    'It needn't be ED' - was shortlisted for the Secondary Care Service Redesign Award. The new service is helping improve the experience of patients who present to the Emergency Department, but do not necessarily require admission into hospital for an overnight stay, including patients with headaches, breathlessness or epileptic fits.   

 Charlotte Cannon, Consultant Physician on the Acute Assessment Unit, said: "Having a dedicated unit with Senior Consultants means patients are now assessed and treated more quickly. In addition, the expansion of the Acute Medical Unit means that specialist beds across the hospital are protected for patients with specialist needs. The length of stay for patients with an ambulatory condition has fallen by one day, there has been a 79% reduction in patients being moved between wards and mixed sex accommodation has been eliminated.  All of this means we are reducing the number of people who are admitted to hospital or referred by their GP, who don't need to be here.  This means we are freeing up more beds for those who need to stay in hospital overnight."

Suzanne Flannery, HSJ Event Executive, said: "This year we have had the highest number of entries in the awards 31 year history. To even be shortlisted is a massive achievement. The judges are going to have a tough job on their hands deciding which of these exceptional entries are going win."

The Trust will find out if they have won a coverted HSJ award at an awards ceremony in London on 20th November.

You can find our more about the THINK Drink campaign in our Horizon magazine, and also read about how the Ambulatory Care Team won Team of the Year at the Staff Excellence Awards in June.


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