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Do you know an NHS Unsung Hero?

20 Aug 2015 15:06:13
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The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s PROUD Awards, celebrate excellence in healthcare, recognising Rotherham’s exceptional NHS colleagues who pull out all the stops to deliver first class community and hospital services across our borough.

One of last year’s PROUD Award winners Sarah Briggs, a Heart Failure Specialist Nurse at the Trust has now gone on to receive national recognition. Sarah was awarded the ‘Rising Star’ title at the British Heart Foundation annual conference for the work she has done in supporting patients using technology to reduce hospital admissions and increase confidence in those with heart conditions .

Sarah’s PROUD nominator said: “Sarah works tirelessly above and beyond her role expectations to address patient need and provide excellent quality of care. She brings frequent ideas and innovations to the team to champion the Heart Failure Service for Rotherham people. Her most recent project is a telehealth project for heart failure patients and the results have been incredibly positive.”

A number of patients in Rotherham have now been part of the telehealth project, which Sarah helped to set up, using technology to help monitor heart health.

Through the project patients were given the equipment to monitor themselves for 12 weeks, with the support of specialist heart failure nurses. Patients measured their weight and blood pressure daily and entered it into the telehealth programme using a tablet computer. Their measurements were then sent electrically to the Trust’s care coordination centre where any abnormal results could be immediately identified and escalated so that a specialist nurse could take action, if they needed to. The results of this project were very encouraging; less patients have had to go to hospital due to fluid retention, patients have reported that they feel more in control of their own health and feel more confident.

Sarah and her colleague, Angela Duffy, were also runners-up in the 2014 PROUD Awards’ Public Recognition category, nominated by members of the public.

We need you help to identify another exceptional NHS worker like Sarah! Nominations are accepted from patients and members of the public for the Public Recognition Award and it provides a great opportunity to highlight, recognise and thank exceptional individuals and teams who have made a really positive contribution to delivering high quality care.

Sarah and Angela’s nominator said: “Sarah and Angela supported my father. Nothing is too much trouble for the girls. With their help my father managed to stay at home and limit the number of hospital admissions. I feel that without their skills and compassion, my dad would not have been with us for as long as he was. They are a credit to the Trust and I cannot express in words my gratitude. An award would just be a small way of acknowledging how much they are appreciated.”

Do you know an NHS Hero worthy of being nominated for an Award? Nominate them now for the 2015 Public Recognition Award, simply complete the nomination form available at www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/PROUD2015 or call 01709 426460 to have a paper form posted out to you.

Please complete the form with as much detail as possible, providing the name of the individual or team and specific examples of your experience. The closing date for nominations is 30th September 2015 and the official PROUD Awards ceremony will take place in November.

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