Hospital trust shortlisted for three national awards


Staff at Southampton’s teaching hospitals are in the running for three prestigious national awards.

The child health department at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in two Nursing Times Awards 2012 categories.

Led by nephrologist Dr Arvind Nagra and Tricia McGinnity, a paediatric respiratory nurse specialist, medical staff at Southampton General Hospital have pioneered a programme to help prepare young patients to move into adult care.

The Ready, Steady, Go project, which involves medical teams covering issues such as medical knowledge, independence, health, career options and lifestyle in the three phases, has been named among the top innovations in child and adolescent services.

Staff at Bursledon House, an on-site rehabilitation centre for children up to 16 years old with a range of paediatric, psychiatric or mixed psychiatric and medical disorders, are up against nine other trusts for team of the year, while the infection prevention team has been recognised for reducing catheter-related urinary tract infections.

“I am delighted our staff have been nationally recognised for projects which are reliant on teamwork and the support of colleagues to be a success,” said Dr Michael Marsh, medical director at UHS.

“It is testament to their hard work, passion and dedication that they are constantly looking to find new and innovative ways to improve services for patients and for their fellow professionals and we are all proud of their achievements.”

Almost 1,000 entries from specialties including cancer, respiratory, learning disabilities and mental health were received, with 132 finalists from 96 organisations making the shortlist.

The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 31 October at London's Hilton Hotel.

Posted on Thursday 30 August 2012