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Derby Hospitals shortlisted for three national awards

Published 23/08/2013
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Three projects at Derby Hospitals have been shortlisted in this year's prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.
A remote clinic to support children with diabetes to use insulin pumps at home has been shortlisted in the category ‘Managing Long Term Conditions’.
Dr Julie Smith, consultant paediatrician said: “Giving children more freedom to maintain control of their diabetes at home not only avoids them coming to hospital but teaches them how to manage their condition, improves their diabetes control and reduces the risk of long term complications. Using a special USB stick they upload their data from their insulin pump onto a website which is then reviewed by the Children's diabetes team at the hospital and checked to see if any changes to treatment are required. This can be fed back promptly to the children and their families via email or telephone."
Mum Nicola Hardy said: “My son Joshua has been using the insulin pump since January 2013. We received excellent training, before and after we went live with the insulin pump both at the hospital, home and at school. 

“Joshua has his pump readings reviewed every six weeks, we receive an email reminder the night before to upload the pump, and feedback is given to us within 24 hours, notifying us of any adjustments we may need to make. I would like to thank the diabetes team for all their help and support.”
In the category ‘Secondary Care Service Redesign’ the health community have come together to help patients who are at high risk of readmission due to the complexity of their condition by redesigning patient pathways. This includes an enhanced discharge package which supports the patient before they go home so they know what to do to stay well, a verbal handover to community teams so they know the specific needs a patient may have and a post discharge follow-up call.
In the category ‘Patient Safety’ a collection of interventions have been developed by doctors for doctors which have been ‘bundled’ together to provide a visual aid and checklist to improve standards of care and safety.
Chief executive for Derby Hospitals Sue James said: "I'm delighted that these projects have been recognised by the HSJ at a national level. The shortlisting of these projects is a clear indication that Derby Hospitals is finding innovative ways to the challenges that face all hospitals."

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For further information, please contact:
Liz Smith
Communications Officer
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
liz.smith21@nhs.net
01332 785778

Last Modified 23/08/2013