Exceptional Healthcare Awards 2018: Best Quality Research or Innovation

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ahead of our annual Exceptional Healthcaree Awards on November 9 we are featuring the shortlisted nominees in each of the staff awards categories.

Today we are showcasing the teams and people who made it into the final four in the Best Quality Research or Innovation category, which recognises teams or individuals who have made outstanding achievements in the field of research in partnership with patients or who have developed or introduced a new product, technique, system or procedure which originated in clinical practice or a research project.

The awards are supported by Southmead Hospital Charity.

The shortlisted nominees are:

Edward Carlton, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Edd is leading on the LoDED trial (Limit of Detection of Troponin in the Emergency Department), which is evaluating a test that could help establish if patients coming into the Emergency Department with chest pain have suffered a heart attack quicker.

In order to perform this trial, Edd got an RfPB (Research for Patient Benefit) grant of £350,000. His knowledge, enthusiasm, attention to detail and persistence have resulted in the successful launch of this extremely important and meaningful research project which has the potential to significantly improve clinical practice, not just at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), but in the wider population in the UK. 

Fergus Caskey, Renal Consultant

Fergus Caskey has obtained research grant funding over the last two years worth a total of £4.2m to NBT. One of Fergus’s NIHR HTA (National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment) research studies, Prepare for Kidney Care, is set to save the NHS £6.5m in treatment costs for patients with end stage renal disease, just from delivering the research study.

The study aims to provide the evidence needed to determine if dialysis offers any benefit to this group of patients above conservative care. Fergus Caskey’s work adds greatly to NBT's reputation for high quality research. His leadership and work ethic is exemplary and he is an absolute pleasure to work with.

The shortlisted nominees in the North Bristol NHS Trust Exceptional Healthcare Awards Best Quality Research or Innovation category  

James Hewes and the Upper GI (gastrointestinal) Team

Jim Hewes has led on the successful Chole-Quic project within NBT, which is a project initiated by the Royal College of Surgeons and aims to reduce time to urgent cholecystectomy for eligible patients by using Quality Improvement methodology.

Jim re-designed the GI theatre schedule to accommodate dedicated hot lists for this cohort of patients alongside a consultant of the week model to reduce "on the day" cancellations for patients. We have now seen a sustained reduction in waiting times, with the waiting list reduced from 120 patients to 20. Jim  worked tirelessly to engage all stakeholders including consultant colleagues, junior doctors, management and theatre staff to ensure everyone is aware and engaged with this project.

Pleural research team

The research team led by Professor Maskell is one of the largest and most successful clinical and academic pleural research teams in the UK. For nearly a decade they have been designing and delivering practice-changing clinic trials, improving the lives of patients with mesothelioma, pleural infection, and pneumothorax.

They have tested new devices designed to manage recurrent pleural effusions and pneumothorax, including a first in human trial which led to an international multi-centre randomised controlled trial (SEAL-MPE trial). The multidisciplinary team includes highly skilled and motivated research nurses, managers, clinical research fellows and clinical academics. The team has also successfully been awarded research grants of more than £5million.