RUH staff up for awards
Three pioneering projects from the RUH are finalists for national awards, celebrating excellence and innovations throughout the health service. Dr Lesley Jordan, consultant anaesthetist and patient safety lead and her team have been shortlisted for two Health Service Journal awards – one for introducing screening tools to identify patients at risk of sepsis and acute kidney injury (AKI) and a second nomination for establishing a national quality improvement training programme for staff at the RUH. Dr Jordan said: “Sepsis and AKI can happen as a complication of another serious illness. We have introduced screening tools to support the increased identification and early management of these conditions. Our screening tools have shown an improved rate for spotting and treating symptoms of sepsis and AKI, which reduces the time patients have to stay in hospital.” She said they were delighted to have been nominated adding the achievements “have been driven by dedicated team members”. Dr Jordan and senior nurse for quality improvement, Anne Plaskitt, are both accredited trainers for a national improvement training programme which they have employed at the RUH for three years. The programme provides staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to bring about effective improvements in patient care across the Trust and they are delighted this programme has also been shortlisted for an award. Staff from the Project SEARCH team were also recognised in the Widening Participation category. The one year course supported by the Trust helps students with learning disabilities to gain work experience and find jobs. The scheme has been so successful that the trust leads the NHS nationally in terms of the number of Project SEARCH interns who then go on to employment. Claire Radley, director of people at the RUH said: “The hospital has really embraced Project SEARCH and we’re committed to supporting our local young people to gain experience in work and social skills that can really help them to succeed in the job market. The RUH is a better place because of Project SEARCH.” Finalists will find out if they have won an HSJ award on November 21 at a ceremony at Intercontinental O2, London.
Dr Lesley Jordan and senior nurse for quality improvement Anne Plaskitt and right, James Taylor from the Project SEARCH team at the RUH