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University Hospitals Bristol Nhs Foundation Trust Shortlisted Prestigious Award

23 April 2009

Four applicants from University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, have been shortlisted in the South West Health and Social Care Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate innovation and excellence across health and social care.

A paediatric early warning tool, developed and evaluated by Caroline Haines, Nurse Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at the Trusts Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC), is in line for the 'Patient Safety award' award.

A physiologically based system for identifying acutely ill children in hospital, the tool was designed and trialled over a six-month period within the BRHC. Following completion of the research study, the tool was modified to improve its effectiveness.

Caroline says: This observational study has produced a clinical and physiological based system for the identification of acutely ill children in ward areas.  Since we developed it, the tool has been rolled out in many hospitals across the country.

Management of the roll out of the Productive Ward Programme across the Trusts hospitals has also reached the finals in the Adopt, Adapt and Improve category.

The productive ward approach gives nurses and therapists more time to spend with patients by streamlining systems and processes used on wards. Sue Jones, the lead nurse for the project, says: By promoting a productive culture within the ward staff, the program has improved care for patients.

An innovative system to help children manage the distressing problem of faecal incontinence secondary to gastroenterology work has also been shortlisted the Innovative Acute Care section.

Claire Bohr, the Trusts Paediatric Stoma Care Nurse, introduced an innovative bowel management programme for children promoting continence and independence by teaching them to independently perform rectal irrigation. To do this, she adapted for paediatric use a new irrigation system originally intended for adults.

Claire says: A small percentage of children and their families were suffering both physically and emotionally from this problem.  This system is improving the quality of life for patients.  It has prevented them from having to undergo a surgical procedure and has given them back their confidence to join in with others and to be included in normal childhood activities.

The Gynaecology Lean Improvement Programme is also in the running for Improving the Patient Experience category. The programme aims to improve the care of patients with diagnosed or suspected endometrial cancer by reducing waiting times, giving patients the ability to book surgery times and reducing the amount of time that patients wait for their results.

Dr Joanne Bailey, Lead Consultant for the programme introduced at the Trusts Gynaecological Cancer Centre at St Michaels Hospital says: This approach streamlines the care pathway to improve the patient experience and improves the working environment.

Irene Scott, Chief Operating Officer for the Trust, says: Its fantastic that the innovative and excellent work of our staff has been recognised. Their dedication ensures that our patients receive some of the most advanced care in the country.

The regional winners will be decided at an event in Yeovil in May 2009. These will then undergo a rigorous judging process by a national panel of experts in the fields of quality, improvement and innovation, headed by David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive. The panel will select two national finalists and a national winner for each award category.

The judging will culminate in a high profile national awards ceremony for all national finalists in London in July 2009.         

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Helen Jackson, please email or call 0117 342 3629