Staff teams shortlisted for major national health awards


Posted on Wednesday 14 September 2016
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Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff have been shortlisted for four prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

The Neurohabilitation Enhanced Transition Team (NETT), King’s Health Partners’ IMPARTS project team, the Trust’s Communications and Organisational Development teams, and the South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) hosted by Evelina London Children’s Hospital have all made the shortlist.

The HSJ Awards are the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, recognising the most innovative people and projects in the sector.

The Neurorehabilitation Enhanced Transition Team (NETT) is shortlisted in the Acute, Community and/or Primary Care Services Redesign category. Working across King’s Health Partners, the team delivers therapy to people with neurological diagnoses in the community, so that patients can leave hospital sooner and start rebuilding their lives. The team developed new roles for community services, including neuro-navigators, and shaped care around these roles. They put in place a service to help patients and families plan their care, and to support those with significant anxiety about resuming social activities and, in some cases, a return to work.

IMPARTS (Integrating Physical & Mental Healthcare: Research, Training and Services) has been recognised in the Innovation in Mental Health category for pioneering work to join up mental and physical healthcare for our patients. IMPARTS, part of the King’s Health Partners, is currently running in 30 outpatient departments at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital across a wide range of conditions, from services such as rheumatology, diabetes and dermatology, to highly specialised settings such as endocarditis and neuroendocrine cancer.

The Communications and Organisational Development teams are shortlisted in the Staff Engagement category. Over the last year, the teams have worked together to focus on increasing visible leadership, establishing 'Team Briefing Fridays', and supporting an open culture where staff can speak up. The Trust achieved the best staff engagement score in England in the 2015 NHS Staff Survey.

The South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS), which specialises in the transfer of critically ill children in south London and the south east, is shortlisted in the Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development category. The STRS has trained Retrieval Nurse Practitioners (RNPs) working at Evelina London and 51 RNPs working at other units across the UK. The use of simulation training, apps and websites has improved patient management, team communication and the care provided to children. Feedback about the quality of care provided by RNPs has been outstanding from clinicians and parents.

The HSJ Awards take place on 23 November in London. Best of luck to all the shortlisted teams.

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