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Awards double for patient safety

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Awards double for patient safety

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has won two top regional awards for improving the quality and safety of patient care.

Chief executive Jim Mackey was recognised for his leadership of improvements across the North East and the Trust was praised for its work to reduce infections following operations.

In addition to leading developments in the Trust, Jim has motivated and encouraged organisations in the North East to improve as part of his role over the last three years as chairman of the patient safety strategic forum.

Jim said: “I am delighted to receive the leadership award, however, it’s a team effort and the improvements are testament to the commitment and dedication of staff in our Trust and organisations across the region.

“We have taken great strides to reduce our surgical-site infections in recent years and are pleased to receive this award. We already deliver safe, high quality care, however, we are committed to continuous improvement including further reducing all healthcare-associated infections.”

The Trust has significantly reduced the number of infections among patients having orthopaedic surgery including total hip and knee replacements and broken hips.

The drive to reduce surgical-site infections has involved many strands of work including employing two surgical-site infection surveillance nurses and screening patients when they come into hospital.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mike Reed, surgical-site infection lead at the Trust, said: “We are delighted to win this award which recognises the hard work of our staff to significantly reduce the number of surgical-site infections. It is great credit to the whole team who’ve made this happen over the last few years.

“We are the busiest unit in the region for joint replacements so having a low infection rate is very important to us.

“We are sharing this story with colleagues from around the country at a study day next month.”

Earlier this year the Trust won a national award for improving the care given to patients who suffer a hip fracture.

The awards, attended by breakfast TV’s health guru Dr Hilary Jones, showcased work delivered as part of NHS North East’s Safer Care North East Strategy which puts patient safety top of the quality agenda for the region’s NHS.