South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust held its first ever Healthcare Professionals Awards in October to recognise the important role healthcare professionals carry out at the trust and to celebrate best practice.
Health care professional staff work in many different roles, including scientist, allied health professional and pharmacy teams. They provide direct treatment to patients or other support services such as diagnostic tests to ensure timely, accurate and effective care.
Around 100 teams and individuals were nominated for their amazing achievements – well done everyone!
And the winners were…
Partnership working award – Kathryn Malcolm and Poppy Rowell
Occupational therapist Kathryn Malcolm and speech and language therapist Poppy Rowell work with patients admitted for neurosurgery who require specialist rehabilitation. This is often very traumatic experience for patients’ families and these families require a lot of support and re-assurance particularly when moving from acute to rehab wards.
To provide additional support this team drew on expertise across the trust to work in partnership and provide an Acute Brain Injury Education session for families. They worked with families to set up an interactive educational talk and linked with local charities to provide additional emotional support and further information on community services.
The initiative involved occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, the Headway charity and the ward 26 nursing team, so was a true partnership effort which has enriched the quality of service provided.
Service improvement award – Adele Gill
Pharmacy technician Adele Gill set up the Homecare service. This service is provided by pharmaceutical companies and involves the delivery of medication to patients’ homes to prevent their attendance at outpatient clinics and the need to collect their medication.
Currently 1,500 patients are on the database which was started in December 2018; the ordering from rheumatology, gastroenterology and dermatology has already been repatriated and 300 neurology patients will be the next group to be added to the system.
Setting up this service has achieved a great deal and made a valuable contribution to the safety of patients, governance of processes, freed up clinical time and most importantly improved the service for our patients.
Outstanding contribution award – Lynne Welham
Nominated by her patients and their families, experienced optometrist Lynne Welham often goes above and beyond her role when dealing with apprehensive and emotional patients.
Her specialist role has improved the vision of many patients with life-changing consequences. With Lynne’s help one patient was able to sit his GCSE exams and begin a career in industry, something his family did not feel would ever be possible.