The Trust’s Glossop Ward team has been shortlisted for team of the year in the Nursing Times Awards 2017.
The prestigious national health sector award recognises exceptional teamwork that has improved patients’ experience of care.
The team has been recognised for the success of a project that aims to reduce the number of days patients spend in hospital where no progress is made in their care, for example where they have no tests, x-rays, procedures or interventions.
The team, including a consultant, doctors, nurses, therapists and a discharge coordinator have a daily meeting, where they look at patients who have no interventions planned for the day and discuss what they can do to make an improvement. That might involve working with another department to get the patient booked in to have the intervention they need.
The project has seen the average length of stay on Glossop Ward reduce from 7 days to 4.5-5 days. This is better for patients, because the longer a patient stays in hospital, the more likely they are to have complications and the less independent they become.
Vicki Fillingham, clinical matron at the Trust, said: “The determination of the multidisciplinary team on Glossop and the support they have given to one another has made this a success on the ward and is helping to build awareness across the Trust.
“This approach is about teams and departments across the Trust working together for the benefit of the patient, rather than patients being prioritised to suit the needs of different teams and services, and that is what is really important.”
The project has been such a success that it is now being rolled out across the Trust so that more patients can benefit.
Darryn Allcorn, director of nursing, quality and workforce at the Trust, said: “Congratulations to the team on being shortlisted, and for such a well-respected award. I am delighted that the team is getting the national recognition they deserve for their hard work.
“This is a clear example of how looking at different ways of working together can make a huge difference to patient care – in this case by reducing wasted time and helping people to get home more quickly.”
Now in their 27th year, the Nursing Times Awards recognise excellence in nursing and patient care and are one of the most respected awards in the healthcare sector in the UK.
Jenni Middleton, editor of Nursing Times, said: “The Nursing Times Awards gives us an opportunity each year to see outstanding quality improvement projects from nurses and the teams they work with. The awards are truly a celebration of their hard work, drive and talent. We salute them, and I congratulate everyone who is shortlisted.”
The team now have to present the project to judges in September and will find out if they have won at a ceremony in London on 2 November 2017.