A nursing team from Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been shortlisted in the prestigious Nursing Times Awards.
The Roborough ward team has been nominated in the surgical nursing category, for its early nurse-led mobilisation and discharge in elective enhanced recovery initiative.
Their work involves the early mobilisation of hip and knee joint replacement patients, now within a few hours of returning from their surgery, which has always historically been carried out by physiotherapists the following day. Along with the nurse-led discharge this has helped in the facilitation of an improved patient pathway achieving fantastic outcomes for patients, thereby improving the whole patient experience.
Jo Lethaby, Roborough ward sister at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said: “I am extremely proud of us as a small team and how we have worked hard and with determination to progress and achieve this within the orthopaedic multidisciplinary team and the rapid recovery pathway at often very challenging and uncertain times within the NHS over the past two years.
“In November, we shared the news that our enhanced recovery orthopaedic team had carried out our first same-day hip replacement, which meant the patient did not need to spend the night in hospital and could go home.”
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 14 October.