21 November 2012
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
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.