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
You can watch videos about the service and a patient conference
held last year on the Trust's YouTube channel:
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
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.
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
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
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