Two teams at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust have been
shortlisted in the 2018 Nursing Times Awards.
The Research and Development team has been shortlisted in
the Clinical Research Nursing category, while the Care Coordination Centre team
are on the shortlist in the Enhancing Patient Dignity category.
Over recent years the Research and Development team have
worked hard to increase awareness of research opportunities and have built an
engaging relationship with the Chief Nurse, Trust’s Board and colleagues across
the organisation. Recruitment to National Institute of Health Research studies
has increased as a direct result, increasing from 270 participants in 2015/16
to 988 in 2017/18. This exceeds the target for research recruitment of 450 set
by the Clinical Research Network.
The improved engagement with Trust colleagues has enabled
different departments, including Sexual Health and Haematology, to become
active in research. This has benefited patients who are now able to access new
treatments that are going through clinical trials. Other departments are now
approaching the team looking to set up their own in-house studies which will
directly benefit the patients of Rotherham.
The Care Coordination Centre Team worked with partners
across Rotherham, including Rotherham Council, NHS Rotherham CCG and nursing
homes to provide patient centred community care throughout the winter period.
This helped to ease the pressure on the hospital at a busy time of year by
looking at how the patient experience could be improved by keeping appropriate patients
in a community setting instead of admitting them to hospital.
The project managed to save 1,024 hospital days over the
winter of 2017/18 with positive feedback from the patients involved. The team
are looking to develop a similar winter plan improving on experience and
creating a better service for patients year on year.
Morley, Chief Nurse at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The news that
two of our teams have been shortlisted for the 2018 Nursing Times Awards is
fantastic. Both teams, working with colleagues and partners, have demonstrated
how they are committed to providing the patients of Rotherham with the best
Care Coordination Centre Team work extremely hard over the busy winter months
to help keep our services operating effectively. By using their initiative the
team were able to explore other opportunities to ensure patients continued to
receive the care they need while staying in a comfortable environment and
reducing the need for hospital admissions.
progress our Research and Development team have continued to make in improving
the breadth and depth of research currently undertaken by the Trust is helping
us play an extremely important part in improving healthcare for people not only
in Rotherham, but around the world.”
The judging for the
awards will take place in the next few months with the winners announced at the
Nursing Times Awards on 31 October.