NDHT’s leg ulcer service has been highly commended 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 leg ulcer service earned ‘highly commended’ in the primary care or community service redesign initiative category. Community teams at NDHT took over delivery of this service in 2018, it was previously provided in GP surgeries, and outcomes for patients have improved greatly since.
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 – a fact mentioned by the judges.
The judges commented on how clear it was to see the passion and pride in this nurse-led service. The judges were impressed to learn how the service has adapted during the current pandemic with the self-care aspect of this project and how empowering this has been for patients.
Wendy Finch, community nurse team manager – leg ulcer, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the community nurses, and all those involved in the leg service, have been given this accolade.
“They have worked extremely hard to make the clinics a success, and achieve amazing outcomes for patients. I am particularly proud of all the link nurses who have shown a huge amount of dedication and passion for lower limb care in each of the clinics. Well done to all!”
Two other teams, the trauma and orthopaedic multidisciplinary team and acute oncology service team, were also shortlisted in the awards.