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Paediatric team wins HSJ Value in Healthcare award

25 May 2017

Our paediatric team has won a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare award in the acute service redesign category.

Our paediatric team has won a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare award in the acute service redesign category.

The winners of the 2017 HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards were announced on 24 May at Grosvenor House, London. The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding improvement in quality of care and efficiency throughout the NHS. 

This year saw fierce competition for these coveted awards with more than 400 entries. The 20 deserving winners were decided by an expert panel of judges. Entrants demonstrated outstanding practice as well as cutting-edge innovations. The judges were very impressed with the high standards of entries, testifying to the clear achievement Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made in being declared a winner.

The award was for the Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) model which sees children and young people treated quickly and discharged home as soon as possible. Based on the initial success of the model as part of the Shaping a healthier future programme, the model was rolled out at all acute hospitals with paediatric units in North West London. 

Alastair McLennan (HSJ Editor) said: “These awards are dedicated to the dominating challenge facing the NHS—how to improve care quality and efficiency within a tightening financial budget. I’d argue that the work we celebrate tonight offers the best chance for the NHS to meet Simon Steven’s definition of success during the next two years, which was to deliver on the 10-point efficiency plan included in the Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View.

“…and on that basis he should feel very encouraged. For the number and quality of entries to this year’s Value in Healthcare Awards are the most impressive to date. We received more than 400 entries from every region and from every type of NHS organisation. That the NHS is able to continue to innovate while under such historic pressure is a tribute to its resilience and, in particular, to the efforts of the people sitting in this room.’’

Nathan Askew (Director of Nursing—pictured above centre) said: “Working with the team at West Middlesex and Hounslow CCG to design and implement the PAU model was a fantastic experience. The team was committed to making a change which would have a positive impact on children and young people attending for urgent care at the site. The whole team worked tirelessly to refine the model to give our patients a brilliant service and this spread to other hospitals in North West London.   

“Transforming services is never easy—the service today continues to grow and respond to the needs of our patients. Continually aiming to do better and improving the patient experience have been the key to the success of this service redesign. I am very proud to have worked with such a dedicated team.”

The judges felt that the acute service was a good design which continues to develop in response to patient feedback—and that the team should be proud of their achievement.

The awards were sponsored by Cerner, Bayer, Imprivata, Relias Learning, Serco, and WinScribe.