HB Awards recognises NHS progress

With the national media all too quick to focus on the perceived failings in the NHS, the HB Awards aims to redress the balance by concentrating on the many examples of innovation, dedication and teamwork that are evident since the NHS transformation began in 1997.
    
The 12 awards – covering facilities management, technology, procurement, transport and outstanding achievement - recognise and celebrate the contributions made each year by NHS Trusts and the individuals they employ.
    
Outstanding Achievement
This year’s Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare award, sponsored by Pearson VUE, went to Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust. Each year, the trust delivers nearly 8,000 babies, carries out 11,500 gynaecological procedures and cares for 1,000 preterm infants on its Neonatal Unit, the largest in the country. The latest Healthcare Commission ratings state that LWH now provides an excellent quality of service to patients, and has continued to be excellent at managing its finances.
    
The Transport Logistics Award, sponsored by Mott MacDonald, was won by Addenbrooke’s Hospital because of its efforts in providing and promoting alternative methods of transport to the campus. The number of staff travelling to work by car has been almost halved and staff travel in general has been reduced thanks to the introduction of teleworking and videoconferencing.
    
The Royal Alexandra Hospital took home the Hospital Building Award, sponsored by Altro Ltd. The new hospital is one of only seven dedicated paediatric hospitals in the UK. The state-of-the-art nine-storey building consists of 100 patient beds, 15 outpatient consulting rooms and other diagnostic and treatment facilities. On the lighter side, the hospital’s café and shop have panoramic views along Brighton’s seafront.
    
The Hospital Procurement Award was won by the East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub. The CPH consolidated the region’s mobile communications into a single contract with T-Mobile, reducing operating costs and administration time, resulting in increased service levels for all of their Primary Care and Acute Trusts.
    
The Hospital Cleaning Award, sponsored by OspreyDeepclean, was won by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Through its use of HOMIP (The Hammersmith Organisational Model for Infection Prevention) the Trust has seen a 35 per cent reduction in MRSA bacteraemia, and significant reductions in other infections.
    
Hospital security
The East Midlands Ambulance Service and its Access Control System won the Hospital Security Award sponsored by ADT. The Entro 5 system at each site is linked to the EMAS headquarters meaning that any reader at any site can be instantly programmed to allow or deny access to a particular tag, providing flexibility with regard to which employees are allowed access to specific areas.
    
Ambulance Trust of the Year, sponsored by Stryker, was won by East Midlands Ambulance Service. The Trust has developed a computerised ‘Demand and Resource’ modelling system to reliably predict demand patterns, align resources efficiently and respond to 999 calls effectively.
    
The Healthcare IT Award, sponsored by Pinacl Solutions, was awarded to the NHS PACS X-Ray Programme. The Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) technology has successfully archived more than 100 million individual patient x-ray and scan studies, highlighting a fantastic achievement for the NHS and patient care.
    
The Telehealth Award was won by the Kent Telehealth Pilot. Kent, along with Cornwall and Newham, were selected by the Department of Health to take part in England’s biggest and most academically-robust evaluation of telehealth and telecare to date. The trial has prevented unplanned hospital admissions for less complex cases; even patients with complex co-morbidities are staying away from hospital for longer; and acute care costs are down by more than 60 per cent in some patient groups.
    
Website of the year
NHS Website of the Year, sponsored by Microsoft, was awarded to the National Library for Health. In October 2007, the library announced the incorporation of an access and identity management service. This allows the portal to remember the searches and settings of individual users, meaning that every time users log on, the search customises according to their preferences.
    
The NHS Publicity Campaign Award was won by the Don't Walk Away Campaign from the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Aimed at young people, the campaign helps raise awareness and teaches youngsters about the dangers of alcohol and what they should do in an emergency situation.
    
The Environmental Practice Award, sponsored by TCI Renewables Limited, was awarded to Ashford & St. Peters NHS Trust. The trust has invested in new technology to reduce energy consumption and costs. By regulating temperatures, improving air conditioning control and encouraging staff to conserve energy, the Trust hopes to reduce energy usage by 15 per cent.
    
Organisers PSE and Health Business Magazine look forward to discovering further evidence of innovation and improvement for this year’s Awards, which will be held in December. NHS Trusts will be able to enter their projects online by providing a 500 word initial entry statement for consideration.

For more information
Details of winning projects and those commended can be viewed on the event website at www.hbawards.co.uk

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