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Staff projects awarded funding to improve patient experience

Published 19/01/2018

Derby Teaching Hospitals have approved around £2,000 in funding for two projects aimed at enhancing the care offered to patients in hospital and the local community. 

Judges have selected two separate schemes to receive around £1,000 each as part of the Go For It! Fund, which has seen staff suggest a number of different ideas to improve patient experience. 

Around 30 dry blood spot kits have been purchased to allow Virology Specialist Nurses from the Trust to make testing for Viral Hepatitis available for more vulnerable people at hostels within the community, like the Padley Centre.

The kits test for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV and provide an alternative to a full blood test for those that aren’t able to access these services. This project will also allow patients to be properly directed towards appropriate treatment.   

Derby Teaching Hospitals Virology Specialist Nurse, Michele Jackson, said: “This project is all about taking services offered in hospital out into the community to reach people that we might not otherwise be able to see. For a number of different reasons, some vulnerable people in the community, such as those with drug use problems, will only go to A&E for treatment as a last resort. It’s so important that these services, which a lot of us take for granted, are made available for everybody. If this can help just one person, it will be worth it.”

Funding has also been granted to buy a number of voice amplifiers for the Royal Derby Hospital’s respiratory wards, with the devices designed to help patients with hearing impairments.

Staff on the wards applied to the Go For It! Fund after conducting a questionnaire that found 62% of patients reported some degree of hearing impairment.   

Respiratory Consultant Dr John Anderson said: “We are delighted to have received this funding and have found that patients have responded really well to using the devices. This is a problem for a lot of people, so it’s great that we have a tool to make our patients’ experience better.”

Staff can apply for the next round of the Go For It! Fund via the Trust’s intranet before 30 March.

Derby Teaching Hospitals’ Director of Patient Experience, Estates and Facilities Management, Paul Brooks, said: “We are always looking for new ways to improve our patients’ hospital experience. The Go For It! Fund allows us to do just that and we have been really impressed with the standard of all of the entries we have received. It’s fantastic to see staff from across the Trust putting the needs of our patients first by coming up with new ideas to improve their hospital journey. Both of these chosen projects certainly do that and so we are delighted to have been able to provide them with funding.”

Last Modified 19/01/2018