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Leicester Teams Nominated for Innovation in Healthcare Awards 2015
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Press release date13/10/2015
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Two teams from Leicester’s Hospitals have been nominated for highly prestigious East Midlands Academic Health Science Network Awards.
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On Thursday 5 November, both the Children’s long term ventilation team and Dr Tapas Mukherjee and the team behind the Gripes reporting tool will find out if they are overall category winners at the annual celebration of innovation in healthcare for the ‘Innovation through integration award’ and ‘Frontline innovations’ award respectively.

 

The Children’s long term ventilation team have developed a collaborative hospital-community partnership model to improve health care for children and young people who need long term ventilation. The team have succeeded in improving quality of life for patients who are in a situation where their condition may deteriorate quickly whilst being treated at home by developing a new collaborative network between themselves and the community. The new system allows the community Diana team to flag up potential issues and resolve them before destabilisation occurs which has reduced local readmission rates.

 

Dr Manjith Narayanan who nominated his team said: “I am delighted that we are one of the three teams shortlisted for the ‘Innovation through integration award.’ The team’s hard work has undoubtedly prevented some serious morbidity and perhaps mortality in this area and has improved quality of life.”

 

The Gripes Reporting Tool innovation came about following a GMC survey which found that, for a variety of reasons, junior doctors were not reporting their concerns about patient safety. To address this Dr Mukherjee helped to create a Gripe Reporting Tool which allowed junior doctors to anonymously submit details of any issues they were having which could then be resolved. During a three month trial 111 ‘gripes’ were submitted, all of which were acted upon meaning staff felt more valued and respected. The Gripe Reporting Tool is now being restarted on a permanent basis with concerns being grouped into categories, each of which is dealt with by a director level member of staff.

 

Dr Mukherjee said: “It is fantastic to be nominated for the ‘Frontline Innovations’ award as it not only recognises the success of the Gripe Reporting Tool but also the importance of listening to and acting upon the concerns of junior doctors. Hopefully this is something that can become part of our culture.”

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Paul Millington
Communications Officer
paul.millington@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
0116 258 8715
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3858
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