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Shortlist success for healthcare in Rotherham

08 Mar 2019 16:10:53
HSJ Value 2019

Four healthcare teams from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted in the 2019 HSJ Value Awards.

A team involving representatives from the Trust, as well as partner organisations including Rotherham Council, has been shortlisted in the Acute Service Redesign category. This is in recognition of their work to look at how partners across health and social care in Rotherham can work even closer together to provide effective discharge management, ensuring patients have the care and support in place to enable them to return home as soon as possible.

The way in which the Trust is working to improve outcomes through food and beverage services has been shortlisted in the Estates and Facilities Management award category. Specialist colleagues from Nutrition and Dietetics and Speech and Language Therapy have worked together with catering teams, food hostesses and others to ensure the Trust meets the high quality nutrition and hydration needs of patients.

Two teams have also been shortlisted in the Workforce Efficiencies category. The Nurse-led Ambulatory Care team have used acute medicine nurses and Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) to move a significant percentage of urgent care activity out of inpatient beds and reduces the amount of time patients spend in the hospital.

The Clinical Imaging team redesigned their service to enable advanced Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to report on plain film x-rays. This reduces the clinical risks of delayed diagnosis and improves the patient experience, as well as reducing the overall cost per report.

The shortlisted teams will now present their projects and initiatives to a panel of judges in April, with the winners being announced at an award ceremony in May.

Louise Barnett, Chief Executive at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is fantastic that four of our projects have been recognised nationally. We are extremely proud of our teams and the dedication they have to improving the care they provide to our patients. Each of the shortlisted projects has had a positive impact on our patients and their experience whilst in hospital. I wish them all the best of luck for the next stage of judging.”

The HSJ Value Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency, improvements in patient care and reduction in variation. All submissions are reviewed against five criteria (ambition, outcomes, spread, value and involvement), with the highest scored making the shortlist.