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Derby Hospitals celebrate success at Health Service Journal Awards

Published 27/09/2013

Staff at The Royal Derby Hospital are celebrating after winning first prize at a prestigious national awards ceremony for a care programme they set up to help patients stay well at home.

Derby Hospitals’ Enhanced Discharge Project team won first prize for Efficiency in Acute Service Redesign at the Health Service Journal Efficiency Awards (25 September).

The judges were impressed with the Royal Derby’s Enhanced Discharge Programme which targets patients who are at greater risk of returning to hospital. Many of the patients have long-term conditions such as heart problems and lung conditions.

The programme seeks to work with patients and their carers by helping them to better understand patients’ health needs and to help them stay healthy and manage their condition at home.

It involves nurses talking to patients about their conditions, medication and any other factors that can contribute to the deterioration of their health. 

Once the patients are at home, discharge nurses ring them to get a health update. The healthcare staff supporting the patient at home will also get an update on the patient’s condition.

Staff also work with local partners including primary and social care services to ensure patients’ health continues to be assessed by the correct care providers.

Samantha Walker, Derby Hospitals Enhanced Discharge Project Nurse, said: “This award is a great accolade for all the work we have been doing to help our patients maintain their health once they leave the hospital. It recognises that we are looking at the wider picture when it comes to patient care.

“Our results have shown that the number of patients who return to hospital with the same problems has reduced. Of the first 400 patients seen under the programme, 49 came back to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. This shows that the Enhanced Discharge Programme is beneficial to patients and plans are in place to roll it out across the organisation later this year.”

Nick Golding, news editor of HSJ, said of this year’s awards: “The NHS’s funding is broadly flat but the demands on it are increasing rapidly – unless the health service makes changes it will be overwhelmed by the challenges it faces.

“Projects such as The Royal Derby Hospital’s Enhanced Discharge Programme help safeguard the future of the NHS, ensuring its resources are used to their full potential, helping to make savings in a way which enhances, rather than damages, patient care.

“The projects honoured in this year’s HSJ Efficiency Awards can inspire NHS organisations elsewhere, helping to safeguard patient care by enabling the health service to make the best use of its limited resources at all levels of the health service across the country.”


Notes to editors:

See photo attached: (L-R) Nick Barlow – business manager for Newton Europe, with Neil Radford - head of operations, Samantha Walker - enhanced discharge nurse, Becky Sutton - programme manager, Gill Ogden - head of patient risk and safety, Rob Beckett - stand-up comedian.

For further information, please contact:

Rajinder (Raj) Mattu

Communications Officer
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
01332 785778/185851

Last Modified 27/09/2013