Trust scoops six nominations at national NHS Healthcare Awards

Date: 18 January 2017

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East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is celebrating after being shortlisted for an unprecedented six awards at the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards 2017.

With the most number of shortlisted entries from any healthcare provider or commissioner in the country, staff have six shortlisted entries in five categories - ‘Managing Long Term Conditions’, ‘Obstetrics and Gynaecology’, ‘Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation’, ‘Use of Information Technology’ and ‘Improving Value in the Care of Frail Older Patients’.

Trust Chief Executive, Kevin McGee, said: “This is excellent news and well done to those who have been shortlisted for their hard work. We are passionate about improving services for patients and it is enormously pleasing that the high quality of care provided by our staff is recognised by experts as being among the best in England.”

“Such recognition inspires us to do even more and I have my fingers crossed for all of the finalists when the awards are presented in May."

Leading the way for ELHT is the Trust’s groundbreaking ‘Refer-to-Pharmacy’ initiative which has been shortlisted three times in the ‘Use of Information Technology’, ‘Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation’ and ‘Managing Long Term Conditions’ categories. ‘Refer-to-Pharmacy’ is the first of its kind in England and provides inpatients with an electronic appointment with their community pharmacist after they are discharged from hospital.

Reflecting the high standard of East Lancashire’s NHS maternity services, the Trust’s initiative to improve stillbirth care and decrease avoidable stillbirths has been recognised in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology category.

The Trust’s innovation in having a pharmacist based on every ward, which has resulted in faster discharges and shorter hospital stays for inpatients, has been rewarded with a nomination in the Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation category.

And after reducing inpatient falls by 19 per cent and community patient falls by 36 per cent in the past two years, the LEAF (Let’s Eliminate Avoidable Falls) team has been shortlisted in the ‘Improving value in the care of frail older patients’ category.

Hopes are high that when the winners of the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards are revealed at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Congress in May, one or more of the awards will be coming to East Lancashire.