It was a massive night of celebration on Tuesday when our pioneering dementia and prevention of delirium care was hailed the very best at the HSJ's Patient Safety Awards.
Our team beat off eight other finalists to clinch the top award for Dementia Care at the finals at Manchester Central. Judges hailed our approach of bringing in 6th form student volunteers to work alongside our nurses and doctors saying: “This is great work and should be rolled out nationally.”
Renee Comerford, said: "It was surreal, amazing. the whole team is a very proud one!" Nurse consultant for older people, Barbara Schofield, described as a "bouncing kangaroo" when the result was announced, said: " It was more than winning. What they said about us was amazing. They gave us such a build up. Before saying the Trust name they said the winner is a campaign which really needs to be a national one. They'd told us that during the shortlisting so we knew it was us. A lot of work has gone into it and the night was amazing."
Our Director of Nursing Brendan Brown, pictured with Barbara and Renee the day after, with the trophy, said: "Huge congratulations to the team for winning this award, which is a reflection of the hard work, cross-boundary working and engagement the team have undertaken in meeting their unlimited potential in the best interests of patients and their families."
The awards are hosted by Health Service Journal and Nursing Times. It an annual evening of recognition and celebration for all the organisations demonstrating improved practice and delivery in patient safety. This year saw fierce competition for each of these coveted awards with over 650 submissions, of which only 170 made it to the final cut, and from those 18 deserving winners were decided by the expert panel of judges.
In their ruling, the judges said: "The evidence is clear that keeping older people mobile, free from pain, hydrated, well slept and free from infection while they are in hospital reduces the risk of them developing delirium in hospital. They recover better and are more likely to return home.
"The challenge is how to deliver this – and the winner came up with a novel solution: bring in A-level students as volunteers to promote drinking, eating, mobility and social engagement. It’s been a huge success.
"Serious harm falls have been zero for two years now and complaints have dropped from more than three a month to zero or one. Patients with fractured neck of femur are more likely to return home.
"Staff, patients and volunteers alike all enjoy working together."
The awards were part of the 8th annual Patient Safety Congress and Awards attended by 2,000 safety leaders from Trusts across the country. The Chief Executive of NHS Improvement, Jim Mackey, was among 70 speakers during the event.