Three teams from Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust have been shortlisted in a prestigious competition run by the Health Service Journal.
The HSJ Value Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding improvements in care quality and efficiency made by NHS staff, highlighting the best examples of the NHS and its partners ‘adding value’ – whether that is through financial savings or improved services for patients.
The trauma and orthopaedic team has been shortlisted for MSK Care Initiative of the Year. The team’s entry focuses on their enhanced recovery programme for elective joint replacement which aims to improve clinical outcomes and experience for patients, and reduce their length of stay in hospital. This led to the first same-day hip replacement being carried out at NDDH at the end of 2019. Currently the hospital has the 2nd best length of stay in the country for total knee replacement & 4th best length of stay for total hip replacements.
The acute oncology service has been shortlisted for Cancer Care Initiative of the Year. The establishment of the Nurse Led Acute Oncology Service (AOS) in 2015 ensured the availability of dedicated staff to care for acutely unwell cancer patients in North Devon. The AOS scope of practice covers patients who present with complications from their systemic anti-cancer treatments (SACT), complications from their disease or a new presentation of a cancer as an inpatient.
The service in North Devon is the first nurse-led assessment service in the peninsula, with the establishment of the 24-hour helpline for patients and the ability to assess and treat in a dedicated unit, preventing hospital admissions for patients has bee
n a priority. Patients are now more likely to contact the acute oncology service as their symptoms develop, rather than wait until they are unwell enough to attend ED, which can often result in a lengthy stay in hospital.
The leg ulcer service has been shortlisted for Primary Care or Community Service Redesign Initiative. Community teams at NDHT took over delivery of this service in 2018, it was previously provided in GP surgeries, and have seen outcomes for patients improve greatly.
The 12-week healing rate target for simple ulcers set by NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group is 12% and just prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 the NDHT leg ulcer service was achieving 92%. For the service overall NDHT was achieving a 78% heal rate.
Patient feedback has also been extremely positive – nearly 100% of patients asked through the Friends and Family Test would recommend the service.
Suzanne Tracey, Chief Executive of NDHT, said: “These award nominations show the huge talent and innovation which exists within our Trust. We are constantly looking at new ways of delivering care more efficiently in ways which benefit both the clinical teams and the patients.
“These nominations are a reflection of that hard work, so I would like to congratulate every team member and wish them good luck for the final judging.”
The awards ceremony has been postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The winners will now be decided later this month, following video presentations submitted by the nominees.