The RCHT Information and Business Intelligence Team has been commended for the 2020 Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics, which is awarded by the Royal Statistical Society and supported by the Health Foundation.
The commendation is for the team’s work with RADAR, a web-based tool which allows clinicians and managers to make better evidence based decisions.
Linzi Lancaster, Head of Information and Business Intelligence for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, explains “We were delighted to be shortlisted for the award earlier this year and are even more thrilled to have achieved commended in the final results.”
“RADAR has had a tremendous impact on improving patient safety, patient outcomes and the delivery of our services, and this has been clearly felt during the recent situation around the Covid-19 pandemic. Our entire team is so proud of the work we do and the value we bring to our organisation and our local population through RADAR and its related services.”
Since it was first implemented, RADAR – which stands for RCHT Analysis Data and Reporting – has achieved EHI Finalist status, HSJ Shortlisting as well as receiving awards and commendation at both the Health Business Awards and the Annual Conference for AphA (the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts). It has also been highlighted by the CQC as an example of best practice in supporting direct patient care.
“The commendation for RADAR and the RCHT Information and Business Intelligence Team is another example of the journey our department has taken”, Linzi explains.
“The team is incredibly proud of the way RADAR has benefited the work of our colleagues across the Trust and we’re extremely excited to share this success on a national level.”
Last month, the joint winners of the first-ever Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics were announced, with top prizes being given to NHS Blood and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and The Alan Turing Institute. Full commendations were awarded to the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, and Public Health Scotland.
Professor Deborah Ashby, Royal Statistical Society President, said: “Now more than ever, data analysts play a crucial role in understanding health data for the benefit of patients, health services and national policymaking. Florence Nightingale was the Society’s first female member, so it seems fitting to honour her contribution to statistics with this award. I would like to congratulate the winners and those commended for their amazing work, which is doing so much to improve health outcomes for everyone.”