Three is the magic number for dedicated staff at Sheffield hospitals after they won a hat-trick of top healthcare awards.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust scooped accolades in cancer care, diabetes care and changing culture at the Patient Safety and Care Awards – one of the most prestigious ceremonies in British healthcare.
The awards, held by the Health Service Journal and the Nursing Times at Grosvenor House, London, celebrate excellent, safe and innovative care in the health service.
The successful Sheffield teams were the cancer survivorship and late effects service, the diabetes foot care team and the Microsystem Coaching Academy.
Judges praised the Sheffield cancer survivorship and late effects service for ‘offering a compelling service that shows the way for future cancer care’.
The Sheffield diabetes foot care team was also congratulated for delivering ‘huge results in a short space of time’ by dramatically decreasing the number of diabetes-related amputations in Sheffield at a time when national amputation rates have remained static.
And the Sheffield Microsystems Coaching Academy – the first of its kind in Europe – was said to have the ‘wow factor’.
The pioneering academy is training a group of microsystem coaches who aim to tip the culture of the healthcare system to one in which improving safety and quality is normal work.
The team’s work has already seen reduced waiting times for foot and ankle surgery, a fall in infectious diseases and more patients attending hospital appointments.
Trust chief executive Sir Andrew Cash said: “Patients are our top priority, so I’m delighted that our hard work in developing innovative approaches to care and treatment has been recognised.
“I would like to congratulate all our teams for the vital and inspirational contribution they are making towards improving patient care.”