North Bristol teams pick up national awards
Friday, 11 May 2018
A team from North Bristol NHS Trust has won a national award for the work it has done to improve the experience of patients at the end of their lives.
The team, made up of ward 9B was named Palliative Care and Quality and Safety team was named the winner of the Palliative and Hospice Care Team of the Year award at the BMJ awards in London last night.
The award was in recognition of the work that has been done as part of the Purple Butterfly project to empower staff across the organisation to deliver high quality, personalised, compassionate end of life care.
Starting on a pilot ward in Southmead Hospital – 9B - staff worked with patients, families and staff to look at new ways of providing end of life care. This included purple butterfly signs for the doors of patient rooms, redesigning paperwork and a special menu created in partnership with the trust’s catering team to enable patients who are dying to order comfort food items.
Training was provided to staff at all levels and in different roles on wards along with sessions at junior doctor training, which also acknowledged that a fundamental part of end of life care is ensuring that it is tailored to the individual and their family.
The initiative has been well-received by patients and relatives who have praised the care they have received.
This project is now being rolled out across the trust to embed the practices in all areas.
The BMJ Awards judges were impressed by the “range and diversity of improvements incorporated in the Purple Butterfly project to improve the quality and consistency of care of patients and their families” and also highlighted the “buy-in from the clinical, pharmacy, phlebotomy, catering, and porter teams” along with the “engagement at board and ward level”.
Palliative Care Lead, Dr Clare Kendall, said: “We are really thrilled to have received this award in recognition of the hard work everyone has put in to improve the experience of patients at the end of their lives. However we have concentrated our efforts in one ward so far and there is still plenty for us to do to embed Purple Butterfly across the hospital.”
A second BMJ award was also picked up by North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Anne Pullyblank, Associate Medical Director for Safe Care Seema Srivastava and colleagues from the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) in the Patient Safety Team of the Year category.
Anne is Clinical Director for the Patient Safety Collaborative at WEAHSN and Clinical Lead for the Prevention of Deterioration and the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) work to manage sick patients across the West of England.
NEWS is a scoring system based on six measures: respiratory rate, oxygen saturations, temperature, systolic blood pressure, pulse rate, and level of consciousness.
In hospitals, it’s used as a measure of deterioration and the work focussed on it being used across the whole system.
At NBT we collaborated with our colleagues in the city centre at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust to develop a single NEWS chart to be used across the organisations. We also developed a neurosciences version of NEWS for use in neurology and neurosurgery and our Emergency Department adopted the ED checklist which includes NEWS.