Two teams from Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) have been shortlisted in a prestigious national competition.
The Trust’s breast care team and pharmacy department have been shortlisted in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value Awards.
The breast care team has made it to the final in the Cancer Care Initiative of the Year category for its entry – Implementing a nurse led recovery package programme for breast cancer patients in a rural symptomatic unit.
Despite its small size, a result of North Devon’s remote location, the team set out to provide best practice and equity for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. This included offering an appropriate stratified follow-up nurse-led recovery package with open access availability which would enhance the patients’ breast cancer follow up journey and benefit both primary and secondary care.
Being shortlisted for this award follows on from the breast care team’s recent win at the British Journal of Nursing Awards.
Karen Hillman, specialist breast care nurse, at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. Although we are a small team we try to do our absolute best for our patients and this nomination acknowledges the hard work that everyone has put in.”
The other team shortlisted to the final is the pharmacy department, for its entry in the pharmacy and medicines optimisation category entitled – Medicines optimisation in orthopaedic enhanced recovery. This involved working with the multidisciplinary team in orthopaedics to reduce variation in medication use among elective hip and knee replacement patients.
The project focused on a number of areas to optimise medication use, including:
- Reducing variation in anaesthetic techniques
- Standardising post-operative analgesia
- Developing evidence based post-operative prescribing protocols
Henry Goss, pharmacist, said: “This work has supported the orthopaedic team to improve the patient experience and helped to reduce the length of stay for elective orthopaedic patients. It has been great to work with the wider team to deliver on this project, which has helped drive real service improvement in the pharmacy.”
The next stage of judging will take place from Monday 12 April – Friday 16 April. Here the finalists will present to the panel of judges. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in June.