NBT scoops four nominations at 2009 South West Health and Social Care Awards

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) has four entries through to the finals of this year’s South West Health and Social Care Awards.
The awards, organised by the Department of Health and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, will be announced at a ceremony in Yeovil on May 7.
The regional winners will then go through to another round of judging for places in the national finals to be held at the Excel Centre in London in July.
Sonia Mills, Chief Executive at North Bristol NHS Trust, said:
“I am absolutely delighted that North Bristol NHS Trust has such a high number of entries in the final of the South West Health and Social Care Awards.
“This really does show that there is some fantastic and pioneering work being done by our staff at our hospitals. Good luck to all our finalists.”
The finalists from North Bristol NHS Trust are as follows:
Transforming Services category - Bristol Complex Epilepsy Surgery Service
Over the past few years, neurologists and neurosurgeons at North Bristol NHS Trust have been working to transform and update how they provide care and treatment to patients with complex and severe epilepsy by using the very latest technology available.
This has included state-of-the-art brain stimulators, new generation MRI scanners and the use of brand new software to enable much better analysing of samples. All of this means that NBT is now able to treat more complex cases of epilepsy than ever before and the results have been very good with more than 70 percent of patients experiencing freedom from severe seizures.
Low Carbon category – Environmental Management Unit
At NBT, significant progress is being made to cut carbon emissions, increase recycling and encourage green travel. Last year, the Trust launched a major campaign called Treading Lightly that aims to reduce costs and emissions by encouraging staff to change habits and adopt good practice such as switching off equipment when finished and recycling more.
NBT encourages green travel and its ‘Better Way to Work’ strategy has scooped several awards. The plan provides many incentives for staff to leave their cars at home including discounted bus tickets, cycle training and free inter-site buses.
The Trust has also undertaken a wide range of projects that have resulted in significant energy and carbon dioxide savings. This has included replacing burners in the main boiler houses with more efficient models and introducing controls to operating theatre air conditioning systems.
People’s Award for Dignity – Viewing Rooms Project
Bereaved patients at NBT will have a much better environment in which to say goodbye to their loved ones thanks to a redevelopment project which will see the mortuary viewing rooms transformed.
The environment and design of the mortuary viewing rooms will be redesigned this year by a project that will look at the exterior building, interior features and overall experience.
There are around 50 deaths per week across the trust which means that on average there could be as many as 25 viewings a week. This means that over five years, nearly 20,000 people will benefit from the new facilities.
Patient Safety Award – Perioperative Safer Patients Initiative Team
NBT has a perioperative care team who have been working on the Safer Patient Initiative for the last two years to ensure safety before, during and after an operation.
One of the main ways they have achieved this is by introducing safety briefings. These are completed at the beginning of the day to discuss the list of patients and immediately prior to surgery - surgical time outs.
At the beginning of the day theatre staff discuss patients and any issues that may affect the operation, from allergic reactions to any specialist kit or equipment that may be needed in preparation of the operation. Surgical time outs happen just before surgery. This allows time to check X-rays, antibiotics or get medicine written up ready for the patient to receive after an operation.
All of this greatly improves patient safety and ensures that each patient receives each element of care.