21 November 2012

Hospital team recognised at national awards

Hospital team recognised at national awards

A technology team from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has been praised in national awards.

The Hospital@Night team was highly commended in the Health Service Journal Awards in the category 'Improving Care with Technology'.

Hospital@Night uses an intelligent IT system, called Nervecentre, which co-ordinates hospital care at night, weekends and bank holidays.

The time between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, constitutes only one quarter of the year. Outside this time, hospital services are delivered by a smaller number of staff.  Co-ordination and communication between the wards and team members is essential.

A team from NUH worked with industrial partners and academic researchers to successfully introduce a wireless communication system active across ward desktop PCs, a tablet PC held by the Hospital@Night co-ordinator and mobile phones held by junior doctors. The system has led to major improvements in patient safety, cost, staff satisfaction and efficiency. Following this success, several Trusts elsewhere in the UK have adopted the technology which continues to be developed and extended at NUH.

Dr John Blakey, Clinical Lecturer, said: "The design, implementation and continued development of this innovative solution is a result of the hard work and vision of a large multidisciplinary team. It is tremendous to see NHS staff, academics from various disciplines and commercial partners looking beyond traditional barriers to tangibly improve patient care."

Hospital@Night also won a British Medical Journal Improving Health Award in May and was a winner at Nottingham University Hospitals staff awards on Friday 16 November.

Dr John Walsh and Professor Opinder Sahota from NUH were also shortlisted in the 'Clinical Leader of the Year' category.

The winners of the HSJ Awards 2012 were announced last night (20 November) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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