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Derby Hospitals nominated for prestigious national care award

Published 06/09/2013
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Derby Hospitals has been nominated for a prestigious Compassionate Patient Care (CPC) award for its innovative approach to improving patients’ wellbeing following recommendations made by the *Francis report.

Organisers of the Health Service Journal 2013 Awards shortlisted Derby Hospitals from 111 other health care organisations who also submitted entries.

The winner of the CPC category, which has been introduced this year, will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 19 November at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Alastair McLellan, Editor-in-Chief, HSJ, said: “I am delighted to announce the shortlist for the Compassionate Patient Care category for the HSJ Awards 2013. Being shortlisted means that your organisation has been specifically chosen as a leader in innovation and best practice.

“We received a record number of entries for this, our 32nd year of the awards - a reflection of the pride health services and organisations have in their vital work. I look forward to meeting you all in November to unveil the HSJ Awards winners. ”

Derby Hospitals was nominated for its innovative work in improving the care experience of elderly patients, particularly those with dementia.

School pupils and college students carried out voluntary services to enhance the care of patients across 20 wards including oncology, orthopaedics, stroke and care of the elderly.

Cathy Winfield, Derby Hospitals Director of Patient Experience & Chief Nurse, said: “Staff at Derby Hospitals take great pride in their work and it is a privilege to be nominated for the award in its first year.

“We were keen to show that compassionate care isn’t only about treating a patient with medicine; it’s about putting their wellbeing at the heart of the services we provide.

“Even the smallest act of caring has the potential to turn a life around as well as breaking down generational barriers.”

She added: “The leadership and determination of our matrons has enabled us to successfully rollout intergenerational and therapeutic care for elderly patients with dementia. We have received positive feedback from patients, their families and volunteers alike.

“We have embraced the recommendations made by the Francis report, to improve our services. We have demonstrated effectively that even simple and low cost actions can have a huge impact upon patient care.

“For example, over 100 volunteers, including college students from Repton and Landau Forte, provided mealtime support to patients who had lost their appetites, were lonely or suffering with dementia.”

Cathy concluded that the Health Service Journal’s Compassionate Patient Care award was an opportunity for organisations “to shine” by showcasing the ways they had built on recommendations set by the Francis report – particularly when public faith in the health system, to deliver good care to those who are most vulnerable, had been damaged.

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Last Modified 06/09/2013