RCHT’s Learning Disability Nursing and Safeguarding Team receive award for new book

5 February 2021 | By |

‘Going to Hospital’, the 5th Book in the Looking Up Series, has been named winner of the 2021 Waterloo Foundation Embracing Complexity Award.

'Going to Hospital' book cover depicting a member of the safeguarding team, a parent/guardian and a child walking towards the front entrance of the hospital.Working alongside the Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group (CDSSG), members of the Learning Disability Nursing and Safeguarding Team from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust have been named the overall winners of the 2021 Waterloo Foundation Award for Embracing Complexity. The award is for ‘Going to Hospital’, an accessible, easy read publication for patients with learning disability or autism, which aims to help children and young people with additional needs better understand what they might expect to see when visiting hospital for an appointment, or when being admitted for a procedure.

This new book is the work of co-authors Jane Rees, Manager of the RCHT’s Learning Disability and Autism Liaison Team, and Angie Emrys-Jones, Publications Lead for the Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group.

“It’s a great honour to receive this award for Embracing Complexity.”

Jane continues. “The feedback we’ve received for the book has been incredibly supportive and encouraging from the outset, and for our work to be recognised with a nomination from Dr Elizabeth Corcoran, part of the Down’s syndrome Research Foundation UK, and the approval of the Waterloo Foundation, is incredibly humbling.”

Jane continues: “From the RCHT’s perspective, communication is one of the biggest obstacles a patient with learning disabilities might face when coming into hospital. We developed this book in the hope that it might help patients, families and staff to break down some of the barriers that the patient might encounter during an admission or appointment. The book can be used to help reduce anxiety and give the patient time to process what might happen when they attend our hospitals, and to ask questions about their care.”

Angie Emrys-Jones, Co-Author for CDSSG, adds: “When Jane approached us to work with her on creating the book, we knew it would be a successful resource. Our proven picture format with the prior ‘Going To’ series speaks volumes to all children and young people, both with and without additional needs, and works perfectly for this particular project. We are very excited about the potential reach and impact of this simple but so useful book and download that really will improve health outcomes for so many who are apprehensive about a hospital visit or procedure.”

Jane concludes:

“The book is designed to be transferable to other trusts by enabling other hospitals to adapt and tailor their own versions of the book, and therefore being relatable in other areas of the UK. This will hopefully reach yet more people, showing some of the procedures, equipment, and types of staff that children and young people with additional needs might see during their hospital visit.”

A digital copy of the book can be found on our Safeguarding Services website – under the category ‘Learning Disabilities and Autism, Acute Liaison’ – or can be accessed via the documents library.

RCHT Stroke Team achieves ‘A’ rating for brilliant care of patients

22 December 2020 | By |

The team was awarded the rating as part of the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) for the periods of April-June and July-September 2020.

The Stroke Team at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has achieved the highest rating of ‘A’ for their Brilliant Care of stroke patients in Cornwall. This is an outstanding achievement in the recent Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) for the periods of April-June and July-September 2020.

RCHT Stroke Lead Dr Katja Adie said:

“This is the first time Cornwall has achieved an “A” in the SSNAP audit. This amazing achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the team and that of our colleagues across the whole patient pathway.”

Dr Adie went on to personally thank the departments and services that played a part in the team’s success. She included ambulance crews, radiographers and radiologists, the ED team and acute stroke nurses, the eldercare consultant and junior doctor team, as well as community nurses, carers and therapists. Dr Adie also thanked the management team for helping to keep beds on the unit dedicated to stroke patient care, as well as commissioners for supporting strategic direction and removing any contractual barriers to collaborative working in the best interests of patients.

“The work we’ve seen from all of our colleagues this year has been so vital”, Dr Adie continues. “They play such an important role in how well we as a team are able to provide care for our patients.”

Adam Linney, Service Manager for Eldercare and Stroke, added:

“During these challenging and turbulent times, it’s so important to take a moment to pause and reflect on how far we have come as a wider team for the good of our patients. The result of each audit ranges from rating the speed of admission to the Acute Stroke Unit (Phoenix), to rapid brain imaging of suspected Stroke patients, through to aftercare involving Stroke Nurse, Therapy and follow up expertise. The team have worked together all year on an action plan following an external peer review and consistently managed to drive down mortality following stroke.”

Adam continues: “Apart from everyone’s hard work, there have been a number of other factors that really made the difference this year. These factors included: an increase in the number of HASU beds; commitment to ring fence stroke beds for stroke patients, even in times of system escalation; advice to GPs regarding identifying Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA); increasing Atrial Fibrillation detection and prescribing in primary care. We’ve also seen collaborative working to relocate the TIA clinics into the RCH site, and the ESD team has moved out to be co-located in Bodmin Community Hospital and Camborne Redruth Community Hospital for even closer collaboration with community rehab teams.”

“It’s been a long road but the success of the SSNAP audit is incredibly validating”, Dr Adie concludes.
“Our next challenge is to embed further the working of the acute, community and primary care colleagues to maintain this position and increasing AF detection and treatment, as well as improving timely access to stroke therapy in the community.”

RCHT Information and Business Intelligence Team commended

17 December 2020 | By |

The commendation is for the 2020 Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics.

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.”

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