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Staff 'bright ideas' recognised

durham constipation service

Congratulations to Professor Yan Yiannakou and the team involved with the 'Durham constipation service'.

The service was recognised last week at the Bright Ideas in Health awards for patient and public engagement in research and innovation in research. Professor Yiannakou said: "We are delighted the service has been recognised through these awards. Involving our patients and the public in the way we shape and develop the service is at the heart of our delivery of care.  Key to our success was a patient conference we held which included national speakers presenting in their areas of expertise alongside some of our patients sharing their real life stories and experiences. As a team we will continue to look for new and innovative ways to work and build on our engagement with patients and public."

Chairman Professor Paul Keane, commented on the team's success: "I was pleased to be present at the celebration of Bright Ideas to see Dr Yan Yiannakou and his team win TWO awards for research and innovation towards the enhancement of patient care. Many congratulations to them and excellent achievements for our Trust."

You can watch videos about the service and a patient conference held last year on the Trust's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgtHntszV7JTOdOoYtuCokxCv9qHy4LDd

Congratulations also go to the Trust's Back Care Advisory Service Team which was a finalist in the Innovation Technology category at the awards.

The team designed a solution to a musculoskeletal postural problem for staff working within neonatal audiology and although they didn't win on this occasion said 'it was a pleasure to be nominated and acknowledged in our achievement'.

As well as our success at the Bright Ideas in Heath awards, we have a number of different teams shortlisted for national awards.

The 'Durham Constipation Service'  is hoping to build on the Bright Ideas success having been selected as one of the finalists in the SAGE awards 2015.

Cardiac Prevention Team - shortlisted for the Quality of Care Patient Safety Award for work reducing the number of cardiac arrests in hospital.

cardiac prevention team

NHS Healthcall INR - shortlisted in the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards

The team has developed a Digital Health solution which adopts a new approach that is changing perceptions about how patients on warfarin can be put at the centre of their care and become enabled to take more control of their condition. NHS HealthCall INR monitors patients using simple handheld CoaguChek meter and a telephone. This Digital Health solution has taken away the need for patients using the service to travel to anticoagulation clinics and has delivered life changing outcomes.

Information Governance - shortlisted in the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards

IG HSJ award

Working with partners in the local health community, our IG team has developed and implemented new approaches to securely integrating and sharing information across organisations. This work, developing new information sharing agreements (ISAs) enabled a new form of multidisciplinary team that is delivering both 30% reductions in frail elderly hospital admissions from care homes and exceeding a national target of 3.5% reduction in hospital admissions.

We'll share more news as the results come in!  

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital