Sheffield hospitals trust tops shortlist of nominations

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted seven times in the UK’s leading healthcare awards – more than any other NHS organisation in the country.

The Patient Safety and Care Awards 2014 reward the best innovation, ideas and dedication found throughout the healthcare sector, and are run by the Health Service Journal.

Teams from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were successfully nominated from a record number of entries from health organisations across the country in seven categories.

They include Cancer, Diabetes and Respiratory Care, Managing Long Term Conditions and Quality of Care.

An innovative structured education programme, which encourages young people with diabetes to self-manage their condition, is one example of the pioneering work that the Trust has been nominated for.

Young people on the programme partake in age-appropriate individualised activities, such as estimating how many carbohydrates they have during a meal and plotting blood glucose levels, in order to manage their diabetes.

The Trust’s ‘discharge to assess’ process also earned an award nomination.

The process ensures frail, elderly patients are seen and assessed by a community services team as soon as they arrive home, allowing them to leave hospital when they are medically fit and receive support with equipment and care at home.

Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Patient and Safety Care Awards are among the most prestigious and influential in the sector, and to see so many teams receiving deserved recognition in what has been a record year for nominations highlights the pivotal role our staff play in helping improve patient care in Sheffield and beyond.”

The winners will be announced on July 3 at an award ceremony in London.