RUH staff up for awards

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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

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