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Two Rotherham healthcare teams make the shortlist

09 Jul 2018 13:19:04

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.

Chris 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 possible care.

“The 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.

“The 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.