Nursing teams recognised for excellence in Leeds hospitals

Winners of this year's Hilda Knowles Award for Innovation and Excellence
Winners of this year's Hilda Knowles Award for Innovation and Excellence
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A scheme which allows cancer patients in Leeds to spend less time in hospital and enables them to receive treatment faster has won a top prize.

The team were among winners from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust recognised for their contribution towards providing excellent care for patients in the city.

A packed room at the trust’s annual Nursing and Midwifery Conference heard the winners announced, who ranged from individuals to wards.

The Hilda Knowles Award for Innovation and Excellence in Caring for Adult Patients went to Anne-Marie Kenny and the Ambulatory Care Team, which provides treatment for cancer patients.

Adrian Knowles, Mrs Knowles’ son, told the audience that the award had helped to stimulate over 100 projects in the 11 years it had been running.

He added that over that time, he had seen standards improve in Leeds: “Things have moved on dramatically in these hospitals,” he said. “It’s been absolutely inspirational.”

The winning team, who received £1,500 to support the project, have enabled patients to maintain their independence by spending less time in hospital as an in-patient.

This also reduces waiting times for those who do need to be admitted, and means that patients are receiving their chemotherapy treatment five times faster.

The number of planned admissions in haematology has been cut by 20 per cent – which has saved the equivalent of the cost of running four beds.

With their winnings, the team said they intended to provide wi-fi in the Ambulatory Care Unit to further improve the experience for patients.

Hamish Macdonald, former medical director at St James’s Hospital, was a special guest at the conference to present the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation Award for Ward Leadership.

“I am delighted we have got to the point of making these awards,” he said.

“The awards will be presented on an annual basis and I hope they will help to reinforce everything that’s being done in the hospital. I look forward to many worthy winners in future.”

Neurosurgery ward L24 at LGI won the Sustained Excellence award for their work to provide better care following staffing difficulties last year in a “remarkable” turnaround.

The winner of the Most Improved award was J19, an acute medicine ward at St James’s, for changes made after outbreaks of the C.diff bug.

* A nurse whose compassion impressed her managers in A&E was recognised at the presentation.

Kirsty Roberts won the Janet Whittaker Award for Excellence in Demonstrating Compassion in Practice.

The nurse, who started in the Emergency Department when newly-qualified, was said to have displayed enthusiasm and her caring nature from her arrival, and especially impressed with her kind and thoughtful words to the family of a patient. “Kirsty’s compassion to her patients is evident every day she is on duty,” her nomination said.

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