Hospital trust shortlisted for more top national honours


Staff at Southampton’s teaching hospitals are in the running for another five top national honours for their work in raising the standard of healthcare across the UK.

Teams in research, nursing, careers and service improvement at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted in the Health Service Journal Awards 2012.

The Trust’s enhanced supported discharge project, a partnership with Healthcare at Home to help patients get home quicker by ensuring the right support is in place for them, is up for secondary care service redesign, while nursing staff are in contention for the patient safety award following a pilot study to reduce falls and pressure ulcers.

By assessing vulnerable patients’ every two hours and checking pressure areas, food and drink charts, decluttering bed space and advising on how long to spend in a chair, the number of patients suffering from ulcers dropped by 25% and falls by 30%.

The vocational skills centre team has been commended for developing career pathways for staff in pay bands one to four through in-house City and Guilds qualifications, an extended apprenticeship programme and the addition of a new foundation degree in health and social care.

Following a bumper year which saw staff recruit 15,913 patients for clinical trials – the second-highest total in the country – and secure a further £27m investment, the research and development team has been shortlisted for progressive research culture.

In addition, Paul Grundy, a consultant neurosurgeon at Southampton General Hospital and pioneer of awake brain tumour surgery, has been named among the top clinical leaders of the year.

Mark Hackett, chief executive of UHS, said: “It is an honour for me to lead such a fantastically skilled, dedicated and passionate workforce and I am delighted their achievements are being recognised nationally by peers, patients and members of the public.

“From clinical research and career development, to cutting-edge surgery and patient safety, our staff are delivering world-class health services at a time of increasing pressure and that demonstrates their vision to reach the heights of excellence.”

Last month, Bursledon House Children’s Centre and staff in transitional care and infection prevention were shortlisted for this year’s Nursing Times awards.

Posted on Friday 14 September 2012