North Bristol NHS Trust wins Health Foundation Shine award for Innovation

Friday, 19 February 2010

A project to train staff at North Bristol NHS Trust to manage and recognise signs of deterioration in patients has won a £25,500 research award.

The project team are devising a training package using role-play for junior doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants to quickly spot the signs that a patient is deteriorating after surgery and alert senior clinicians.

The Health Foundation has given the team the Shine award for Innovation which will pay for around 100 staff to take part in the training once a week over the next five months.

The project will run on two general surgical wards at Frenchay Hospital and staff will be taken through role-play scenarios to simulate a real-life emergency case.

The group will learn how to use an early warning score system and the trust's escalation policy to determine what actions need to be taken.

A similar model has been shown to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in the delivery suite at Southmead Hospital and this system has now been rolled out across Britain and other parts of the world including China, North America, New Zealand and Australia.

Dr Fiona Donald, a consultant anaesthetist working on the scheme, said: "The hope is that the project will improve patient safety, clinical outcomes and promote teamworking on the surgical wards in question and if it is successful the plan would be to institute similar training across the whole trust."

The team will deliver a report on the results of the project to the Health Foundation.
North Bristol NHS Trust recently gained the top five star rating by Dr Foster for patient safety across Southmead and Frenchay Hospitals and its community programmes.

The team members are Dr Joanne Bennet, Dr Simon Chapman, Dr Fiona Donald, Mr Tim Draycott, Nurse Mandy regory, Dr Chris Laxton, Nurse Liz Spray and Dr Nicky Weale.