Recognising our staff

Awards our staff have won

We are committed to recognising and acknowledging members of the team that go beyond for the benefit of their patients and colleagues. Our Trust has a long established recognition programme which aims to reward staff at every level of the organisation, however long they may have been in post with us.  

  • CW+ PROUD awards, our monthly scheme to reward excellence amongst individual and teams.
  • The annual Staff Awards, an awards ceremony which was held at Rooms on Regents Park in October 2017 with nominations submitted by colleagues, patients and members of the public
  • Quality Awards, a quarterly programme funded by the Council of Governors to recognise improvements and innovation in the quality of clinical services we provide
  • Care certificate awards as part of the tailored training and development programme for health care assistants and maternity support workers
  • Christmas Cheer Awards

Our Trust has been ranked as one of the top 30 employers for working families in the UK by leading work life balance charity Working Families—the only NHS organisation in this year’s top 30 list. 

Awards our departments and staff have won

56 Dean Street once again named Best Sexual Health Organisation or Clinic at Boyz Awards—Feb 2019

Congratulations once again to our sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street who took home the ‘gold’ award for the fourth consecutive year for Best Sexual Health Organisation or Clinic at the Boyz Awards 2019.

The evening was hosted by the brilliant Lola Lasagne who was on hilarious form and everyone was also treated to a special performance by Drag Idol 2018 winner Felix Le Freak. The bronze, silver and gold winners were voted for by nearly 10,000 Boyz readers.

Dr Zul Mirza consultant scoops award for work in organ donation—Jan 2019

Congratulations to Dr Zul Mirza, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at West Mid, who was awarded by NHS Blood and Transplant for his work on organ donation, particularly in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. Zul regularly gives lectures and also presents at mosques and gurdwaras, to raise awareness of the lack of organs in the BAME community—having brought a mother whose baby’s life was saved through a liver transplant along to share her story. His award was presented by Dr Dale Gardner, National Clinical Lead of Organ Donation, and he was also invited to the House of Commons where Jackie Doyle-Price, Minister for Inequalities, commended and thanked him for his work.

56 Dean Street named as Best Sexual Health Organisation or Clinic at Boyz Awards—Feb 2018

Congratulations to our sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street who took home the ‘gold’ award for Best Sexual Health Organisation or Clinic at the Boyz Awards 2018.

Clinic Manager Leigh Chislett was also recognised for his outstanding contribution to sexual health services to people with HIV, his longstanding leadership and commitment to sexual health.

The evening was hosted by the hilarious Myra DuBois and Lola Lasagne, along with a special performance by Drag Idol 2017 winner Tracy Barlow, and the night saw the bronze, silver and gold winners of this year’s poll revealed, as voted for by nearly 10,000 Boyz readers.

Dr Steve Yentis awarded Sir Ivan Magill Gold Medal—Dec 2017

Anaesthetist Dr Steve Yentis was awarded the seventh Sir Ivan Magill Gold Medal by the Association of Anaesthetists for his uniquely outstanding innovative contributions to the anaesthesia, particularly in the areas of research and publishing. The award established in 1988 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the pioneer anaesthetist Sir Ivan Magill, who worked at our predecessor, Westminster Hospital, in the 1920s–40s and after whom our current Anaesthetic Department is named.

Our Maternity FGM team scoops up a nOSCARS for making a difference to minority communities—Nov 2017

The maternity FGM service has won a nOSCARS – an award to celebrate and recognise the services and volunteers making a difference to minority communities.  

nOSCARS nov 17

Congratulations to the CW site maternity FGM service, Midaye, Social care and Naz London for their health and social care collaboration. The team won a nOSCARS in November 2017 for their commitment in working to ensure women from minority ethnic communities have access to health care and also for working together to care for women who are affected by FGM.

The maternity FGM clinic is supported by a team, comprising of community health advocates from Midaye, a counsellor from Naz Project London and a social worker, the team work alongside our FGM midwife Debora Alcayde. The care given to women at the clinic was recognised excellent and a proactive way to reach out to seldom heard women and improve health outcomes.

The FGM clinic are proud to be working with  health and community partners and are committed to improving health and the experience of women who access our FGM service.

Special recognition award for response to London major incidents—Sep 2017

We have been recognised at the Kate Granger Awards for providing exceptionally high standards of compassionate care following the major incidents in London. We received many of the casualties from the Westminster Bridge attack, the Grenfell fire and the Parsons Green explosion.

Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award

The awards are named after Dr Kate Granger who passed away in 2016 and who, before her death, worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis campaign.

Chief Executive Lesley Watts said: “I am incredibly proud of our staff and how they have looked after the patients, friends and families affected by these tragic incidents. It is wonderful to receive this award in recognition of their great team work.”

West Mid reaccredited as Baby Friendly by UNICEF UK—Aug 2017

Our maternity and special care baby units at West Middlesex University
Hospital have been successful in their reaccreditation as baby friendly, by the
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

The hospital was the first in London to achieve full accreditation in 2011
in recognition of the high standards of care and support we provide for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. This reassessment recognises that these high standards are being maintained.

Mum/BFI reaccreditation

Sara Bazoobandi, pictured alongside one of our registered midwives and her daughter Alma, who she recently gave birth to at the Queen Mary Maternity Unit, said: “I’ve come back here for the
second time, despite living in Surbiton, as we’ve always had such a great experience.

I’m really thankful for all of the support we’ve received from everyone and continue to receive now that I’m returning home.”

Staff at West Mid win School of Medicine Teaching Excellence Awards—Aug 2017

Staff from West Middlesex University Hospital have received three highly prestigious Teaching Excellence Awards from Imperial College London.

Dr John Platt, Consultant Lead for Care of the Elderly, has been awarded the Associate Dean Award which recognises a lifetime of teaching and contribution to Imperial Medical Students. Dr Ashkan Sadighi, Consultant in Acute Medicine has made such an impact on students that despite having only been appointed as a consultant in recent months, has received one of eight Teaching Excellence Awards. In addition Mr Glen Fernandes, our Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator has transformed the way undergraduate tuition is provided at WMUH and has been recognised for his unstinting calm and interest in Supporting the Student Experience.

NWL Critical Care Network win HSJ Patient Safety Award—Jul 2017

A new kit bag, developed by clinicians to improve the smooth and safe transfer of
patients, has won a 2017 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Award.HSJ Patient Safety Award 2017

Staff were asked what equipment they need to provide safe management when
carrying out patient transfers—between hospitals and also to other wards or when sending patients for tests and scans—and how often each item was typically used. The kit bag was then developed with standardised content.

The bag is now in use in every hospital in North West London and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Congratulations to our teams who were involved in this innovative work to improve patient safety, some of which are pictured above.

56 Dean Street takes home three Communiqué Awards for PRIME service—Jul 2017

The team at 56 Dean Street, the Trust’s sexual health and HIV centre in Soho, won three categories at this year’s Communiqué Awards. Their digital lifestyle intervention PRIME won Innovation in Healthcare CommunicationsExcellence in Engagement Through Digital Channels and Excellence in Content Management.

Communique Awards - 56 Dean Street

Dean Street PRIME is an enhanced service developed with support from 90TEN Healthcare communications consultancy that offers a benefits package to select Dean Street patients who are at high risk of catching HIV in the next year.

Paediatric team wins HSJ Value in Healthcare Award—May 2017

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

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards

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 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. 

Cas Shotter Weetman Doctorate (PhD) of Nursing—May 2017

Congratulations to Cas, Lead Specialist Nurse Cardiology, who has been awarded a Doctorate (PhD) of Nursing from the University of West London, supported by CLARCH and the Ethicon Trust - RCN. The thesis focused on patient experience post angioplasty, the journey from admission to discharge, and the development of a tool for effective communication on discharge.

Boyz Awards for 56 Dean Street—Mar 2017

For the second year running 56 Dean Street have won the award for ‘Best Sexual Health Organisation, Charity or Clinic’ at Boyz magazine’s Boyz Awards, and Leigh Chislett (Clinic Manager at 56 Dean Street) won a personal award ‘Outstanding Contribution’ for his services to people with HIV. (Photo credit: Chris Jepson/Boyz)

Dr Michelle Hayes receives Royal College of Anaesthetists 25th Anniversary Trainer Award—Mar 2017

Congratulations to Consultant Intensivist Dr Michelle Hayes who received a Royal College of Anaesthetists 25th Anniversary Trainer Award. This was a new award celebrating excellent training in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.

Assistant Director of Nursing wins Cancer Pain Award—Mar 2017

Barry Quinn, Assistant Director of Nursing, won the Cancer Pain Award at the prestigious International Journal of Palliative Nursing (IPJN) Awards, which took place on the 24th March at the Royal College of General Practitioners, London. 

The award ceremony recognises and celebrates achievement and excellence in the work of palliative care, nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary palliative care team.

56 Dean Street shortlisted for prestigious British Medical Journal Awards—Feb 2017

56 Dean Street has been shortlisted in the category Prevention Team of the Year for their work with PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and offering of a PrEP service. The Soho clinic operated by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been identifying and engaging with high risk groups, reducing undiagnosed HIV and expanding access to both PEP and PrEP.

Two finalists announced for 2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards—Feb 2017

Two members of Trust staff were finalists for the NHS Digital Pioneer Awards 2017. The NHS Digital Pioneer Awards, coordinated by DigitalHealth.London with the support of NHS England, recognises progressiveness and leadership in digitally enabled transformation.

Dr Marcela Vizcaychipi (Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia) was shortlisted in the Award for Digital Innovation category for the Burns Rehabilitation app, funded and supported by our hospital charity CW+. The app empowers and supports patient self-care and self-management. Additional features include video calls between patient and burns unit nurses, and flexible daily menus.

Dr Laura Hopkins (Clinical Teaching Fellow/Medical Registrar) was shortlisted in the Sustainability through Digital category. Laura has created an electronic medical handover system at West Middlesex University Hospital. The system helps medical teams hand over patient information and care plans to doctors working at the weekend using the existing real-time system.

Embryologist receives international recognition at conference—Jan 2017

Shreena Tailor, an Embryologist under the supervision of Dr Paula Almeida in our Assisted Conception Unit, was awarded the Best Pre-Registration Oral Presentation at the International Conference Centre for Fertility 2017.

Shreena presented on the topic Does the additional transfer of a poor quality blastocyst affect clinical outcome. This served to highlight the evidence-based ethos of the ACU at Chelsea and Westminster which leads them to continually deliver success rates of 48.5% compared to the national average of 38.3% for patients under 35 years.

St Stephens Centre staff member wins prestigious education award—Jan 2017

Betty Ouma, Laboratory Manager at St Stephen’s Centre Research Laboratory, was part of Royal College of Pathologists, LabSkills Africa Project team that won the International Collaboration of the Year award from Times Higher Education Awards 2016.

LabSkills Africa phase one was a 2-year collaboration involving 12 partners in the UK and Africa. The programme, funded by DFID, aimed to improve clinical decision-making and increase patient safety by raising the standards and quality of laboratory services and tests that support diagnosis and management of health conditions.

The project has laid the foundations for the development of a regional laboratory improvement network and plans are underway to implement the model in Nigeria, South Sudan and Myanmar. Three of the four labs Betty covered have attained accreditation and the fourth is due to soon with continued mentorship from Betty. 

Paediatric Administrator nominated for NHS Unsung Hero Award—Jan 2017

Tanya Lewis, Paediatric Administrator with the Paediatric Therapy Team was nominated for a NHS Unsung Hero Award. Tanya has worked at Chelsea and Westminster for 16 years and within Paediatrics for 15 of those years.

The Unsung Hero Award by GoToJobBoard serves to unite the unsung heroes of the healthcare community with a focus on non-clinical staff. NHS Staff are invited to nominate a colleague who has gone above and beyond in their role. The award recognises them for their contribution to patient care and excellent service.

Tanya was nominated by her colleagues who noted “she works relentlessly hard to ensure the wellbeing of everyone who works within the department. She looks after far more than just their administration needs and is extremely caring and supportive. All of the patients attending the department are warmly welcomed by her and she often goes above and beyond to help them in any way that she can.”

Teaching Excellence Award for West Mid Doctor—Jan 2017

West Middlesex University Hospital Consultant, Dr Anjan Chakrabarty, received the Teaching Excellence Award from Imperial College London’s School of Medicine in recognition of all his hard work and efforts put into teaching paediatric students. 

Hospital nurse wins Stoma Care Nurse of the Year—Dec 2016

West Middlesex University Hospital lead nurse specialist Tracey Virgin-Elliston was awarded Stoma Care Nurse of the Year in recognition of her work improving care for patients living with this often debilitating condition. 

Tracey was nominated by her colleagues who noted that she is always positive and uplifting leading to a visible difference in her patients’ mood once she has seen them. The nomination also described how patients and their families are always at the centre of her work and how even after 27 years as a specialist nurse Tracey is as passionate as ever about stoma care.

Staff at Chelsea cancer service honoured for life-changing work—Nov 2016

Staff behind a Macmillan service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital were recognised with a national award for their innovative work supporting local people affected by cancer.

The Acute Diagnostic Oncology Clinic (ADOC) team was presented with an Innovation Excellence Award at the prestigious 2016 Macmillan Excellence Awards, held at The Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on 17 November.

The team were handed the accolade by Welsh TV celebrity, Gethin Jones, and Macmillan’s President, Lady Camilla Halifax, in an awards ceremony attended by more than 300 Macmillan professionals as well as representatives from the charity and leading healthcare institutions.

ADOC is a new diagnostic pathway for patients with suspected cancer who are too unwell to wait the standard two weeks following GP referral. The nurse-led clinic aims to see patients within 24 hours and provides faster access to diagnostic tests, resulting in quicker diagnosis (on average within 7 days) and earlier treatment.

The Macmillan Excellence Awards were developed to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by Macmillan health and social care professionals across the country. The event recognised excellence in three areas: service improvement, innovation and integration.

West Middlesex tutors win prestigious university award for their teaching of pre-registration nurses—Oct 2016

Two of our link lecturers for the West Middlesex University Hospital won awards for the Most Inspiring Tutor at the annual Buckinghamshire New University awards.

Phill Hoddinott and Liz King were nominated by their students with testimonials such as Inspirational’, ‘Always ready to help’, ‘Very supportive tutor who will guide you all the way and ‘Inspired you to do your best.’

This award is presented each year from Buckinghamshire New University to three of their lecturers from each field of nursing—Adult, Child and Mental Health.

Trust scoops key award in recognition of commitment to supporting disabled people—Oct 2016

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s investment in the development of inclusive services for disabled people was recognised at the Kensington and Chelsea Access Awards 2016, which aim to celebrate the most accessible venues and services in the Borough.

The hospital was voted the most accessible service in the Medical category by Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea, an organisation run and controlled by local disabled people which supports disabled people to live independently and campaigns for an inclusive society.

The hospital has illustrated its commitment to supporting disabled people through the development of the only Changing Places accredited facility in an acute hospital, the development of a Hospital Passport flagging system for learning disability patients and in the implementation of a training programme which has already educated 1,700 staff on how to care for people with a learning disability, when to make reasonable adjustments to suit their care needs and how best to engage and communicate.

Hospital consultant Mr Nigel Davies wins outstanding teacher award—Sep 2016

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital consultant Mr Nigel Davies was  awarded  the  ‘Outstanding Teacher or Trainer of the Year’ award at the Health Education England’s North West London awards ceremony. 

This was the second such awards event which celebrate individuals and teams achieving excellence in education and training across North West London. Awards were presented in 13 categories, highlighting the innovative and inspiring work taking place across the area. 

Mr Davies is a consultant ophthalmologist, a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems, and is passionate about teaching junior doctors as they learn about different specialities as part of their rotation. In his nomination Mr Davies was praised for his many years as a clinical and educational supervisor and departmental lead at Chelsea and Westminster, maximising the quality of training. Mr Davies has made a profound and long-lasting impression on a large number of trainees who have been privileged to work with him as seen in some of the feedback they provided.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s Maternity Practice Development Team Commended at Health Education Awards—Jul 2016

Photo: Specialist Trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Pippa Letchworth and Practice Development Midwife Jenny Evans with Recovery College Manager at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Syena Skinner, who presented the award.

The Trust’s Maternity Practice Development team were highly commended for ‘Best Example of Interprofessional learning’ at the Health Education England's North West London Awards 2016: Excellence in Education & Training (HEE NWL) for their Multidisciplinary Obstetric and Midwifery Simulation (MOMS) course. These awards aim to highlight the innovative and inspiring work which is taking place in North West London and celebrate both individuals and teams achieving excellence in education and training.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s Survivors of Torture Clinic Wins at Prestigious Grünenthal Pain Awards—May 2016

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s survivors of torture pain clinic won first prize in the 2016 Grünenthal Pain Awards, an innovative awards programme which aims to recognise excellence in the field of pain management and significant improvement in patient care. 

This service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust offers a one stop clinic for survivors of torture that tries to understand the issues these patients face while helping them to access the best treatments and interventions. 

The overall award comes with a £10,000 grant, to be used to fund equipment or services used in the management of pain to enhance patient care.

Older awards

Award for benchmarking organisational diversity

The Trust participated in the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion e-quality questionnaire for the first time in 2014. The tool is designed to benchmark organisational performance in equality and diversity across different sectors and we were awarded a bronze award.

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards

The team at 56 Dean Street won the Value and Improvement in the Use of Diagnostics for their new rapid access clinic Dean Street Express.

The challenge was to improve the sexual health diagnostic service to make it user friendly enough to encourage people to test more frequently, while reducing costs and resources. The solution was to redesign the screening service for patients who do not have symptoms, focusing on self-directed care wherever possible. The service was moved into a shopfront based at 34 Dean Street. The team improved patient flow by automating tasks so that patients could self-screen, and integrated IT with the latest diagnostic technology to produce this unique sexual health service. At the heart of Dean Street Express is an Infinity machine which can process gonorrhoea and chlamydia samples in 90 minutes and test results are usually sent to patients by text within six hours. Before Dean Street Express, waiting times for appointments were up to three weeks, visits could last two hours and gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis results were manually texted 10 working days after the visit.

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards

The Emergency Care Pathway Programme team won the Value and Improvement in Acute Pathway Redesign category. Chelsea and Westminster, Central London Community Healthcare and NWL Clinical Commissioners, supported by GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, jointly initiated the Emergency Care Pathway Programme to improve patient flow between their services.

A GP-led programme board was set up with key partners—London Ambulance Service, social services and CCG commissioners. Together the partners built a model simulating the patient pathway which allowed us to understand the interconnected impact of change on the whole system.

Rapid access acute medical and surgical clinics were developed, offering an alternative to admission for ambulant patients requiring urgent consultant opinion. This has contributed significantly to delivering a 6.5% year-on-year reduction in emergency admissions at Chelsea and Westminster in 2013/14 and reduced excess bed days by 30%. This work has allowed patients to be safely discharged home more effectively and created the opportunity for significant savings for the Trust.

    International ophthalmology award for Chelsea and Westminster team

    Photo: Mr Nigel Davies, (Consultant ophthalmologist), Olivia Li (ST2 in ophthalmology), Mr Moloy Dey (Ophthalmology Fellow) and Dr Nick Stanojcic (Ophthalmology trainee at Watford General Hospital) accepting the award from The Ophthalmologist.

    The Chelsea and Westminster team of Dr Olivia Li (ST2 in ophthalmology), Mr Moloy Dey (Fellow) and Mr Nigel Davies, (Consultant Ophthalmologist) were awarded the Ophthalmologist Travel award, an international award presented by The Ophthalmologist journal.  Their prize is a fully paid trip to the 2014 American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in Chicago.

    Their winning case, ‘The Chelsea Challenge’ addressing the question ‘What truly is current best practice for the assessment and treatment of diabetic macular edema’, described their multi-faceted approach, in close collaboration with the endocrinology team, for the management of persistent fluid in the nerve layer of the eye in diabetic patients, resulting in blurred vision.

    Nursing Times Nomination for CliniQ at Dean Street

    CliniQ at 56 Dean Street won the Enhancing Patient Dignity category at the Nursing Times Awards on Wednesday 29 October.

    CliniQ is a holistic sexual health and well-being service for all trans* people, partners and friends.

    They offer a safe confidential space for those who may not feel comfortable accessing standard health and well-being services.

    Top employers for working Families

    Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is the only NHS organisation to be named in the top 30 employers for working families 2014.  The Working Families awards recognise companies who have a track record in family friendly and flexible working and continue to adjust and refine policies in response to employee and business needs.

    Excellent rating in Baby Friendly Initiative

    In October the auditors for the UNICEF baby friendly awards visited the Trust to re-inspect the hospital to ensure we are maintaining our baby friendly status, which we have held for the last two years.

    Vivien Bell, Head of Midwifery, said: “I am delighted to say we passed today with an excellent rating. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of babies becoming ill and it is also associated with a reduced risk of later childhood disease and protects the mother’s health.

    “I would like to say massive congratulations to the infant feeding team, the midwives, nurses and doctors who all took part in the audit, along with 35 mothers. This is a quality marker that we are proud to hold.”

    The UK Baby Friendly Initiative is based on a global accreditation programme of UNICEF and the World Health Organization. It is designed to support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships by working with public services to improve standards of care.

    HSJ Best Places to Work 2014

    Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has been named in the HSJ Best Places to Work. Best Places to Work, in association with NHS Employers, is a celebration of the 100 best employers in the NHS.  To compile the list, the Best Companies Group used NHS staff survey findings to analyse each organisation across seven core areas: leadership and planning; corporate culture and comnunications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training and development; and employee engagement and satisfaction.

    Two HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards for Chelsea and Westminster Teams

    Dean Street Express staff

    Emergency Care Pathway Programme team

    Both Chelsea and Westminster teams shortlisted for awards—56 Dean Street and the Emergency Care Pathway Programme—were winners in their relevant categories at the 2014 HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards which took place on 23 September.

    The team at 56 Dean Street won the Value and Improvement in the Use of Diagnostics for their new rapid access clinic Dean Street Express. Dean Street Express has improved the sexual health diagnostic service to make it user friendly enough to encourage people to test more frequently, while reducing costs and resources. The team improved patient flow by automating tasks so that patients could self-screen, and integrated IT with the latest diagnostic technology to produce this unique sexual health service which gives patients their test results within 6 hours.

    The Emergency Care Pathway Programme team won the Value and Improvement in Acute Pathway Redesign category. Chelsea and Westminster, Central London Community Healthcare and NWL Clinical Commissioners, supported by GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, jointly initiated the Emergency Care Pathway Programme to improve patient flow between their services.

    Rapid access acute medical and surgical clinics were developed at Chelsea and Westminster, offering an alternative to admission for ambulant patients requiring urgent consultant opinion. This has contributed significantly to delivering a 6.5% year on year reduction in emergency admissions at the Trust in 2013/14 and reduced excess bed days by 30%. This work has allowed patients to be safely discharged home more effectively and created the opportunity for significant savings for the Trust.

    Children and Young People Now Awards recognition

    The Trust was recognised as Highly Commended in the Partnership Working category at the 2013 Children and Young People Now Awards.  Susan Young, Director for Human Resources and Organisational Development, said: “We were recognised for our innovative partnership with the local authority play scheme with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  This supports our positioning as an employer supportive of staff with families.  Many thanks to Amber Payne, Employee Benefits Manager, who has been instrumental in this partnership.”

    HSJ Award for 56 Dean Street 

    Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust won the Improving Care with Technology award at the 2013 HSJ Awards.

    The team at 56 Dean Street won in recognition of their project Dean Street @ Home.  This unique service, supported by Gaydar and DrThom, provides an online self-assessment of HIV risk, the opportunity to self-test with a postal mouth swabbing sampling kit and test results provided by telephone. We are the first NHS provider to deliver such a home testing service and it is the second national award the Dean Street at Home service has won this year.

    Centre of Excellence Award for the Information Team 

    The Information Team won the Best use of Analysis to Reduce and Manage Unscheduled Care Flows for their work on Qlikview at the Centre of Excellence’s 2013 NHS Healthcare Award.

    QlikView has been deployed to map all patient flows through the A&E and Urgent Care Centre departments. The model gives the user the ability to analyse by diagnosis type, time of arrival, area of arrival, and 100s of other combinations to identify and unblock patient flows in emergency care. This model is paired with a real-time dashboard to track progress on a daily basis to give an operational overview of progress.

    Chelsea and Westminster wins highly commended award for improved weekend readmission rates 

    Dr Foster Intelligence, provider of healthcare information and benchmarking solutions provider in England, has announced in the 2013 Good Hospital Guide that Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has one of the most improved weekend readmission rates in the country.

    Having a low weekend readmission rate means that patients who had previously been discharged from hospital at the weekend are not brought back into hospital as an emergency within 28 days of their last visit. This is an indication of the high quality and expert decision making by senior doctors we are able to provide seven days of the week.

    American Epilepsy Society Nursing Award for Siobhan Hannan

    Siobhan Hannan, Roald Dahl Sapphire Epilepsy Nurse Specialist, won a Nurse Award from the American Epilepsy Society for her research project on The incidence and characteristics of post-operative chronic headache in patients with Rasmussen's encephalitis who have undergone epilepsy surgery. This award and travel bursary enabled Siobhan to attend the AES International Conference in San Diego to present her project.

    Female Genital Mutilation Service (FGM) win the David Bromham Memorial Award 2013 

    The Female Genital Mutilation Service (FGM) won the 2013 David Bromham Memorial Award.  The award is presented by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  It is awarded for work, which has furthered the practice of sexual and reproductive healthcare in any way and any setting.

    The FGM Service won the award for their collaborative work around women who have undergone FGM and the complex requirements of these women involving different medical disciplines.  The entry was submitted on behalf of the West London Centre for Sexual Health in partnership with the West London African Women's Service.

    UK Sexual Health Awards

    Photo: Sagal Osman (Facilitator), Dr Lazara Dominguez (Consultant), Naomi Low-Beer (Consultant Gynaecologist) and Debora Alcayde (FGM/Perineal Specialist Midwife) with their award

    Chelsea and Westminster’s Female Genital Mutilation service won the Brook Adult Sexual Health Service of the Year award at the 2013 UK Sexual Health Awards.

    The entry was submitted on behalf of the West London Centre for Sexual Health in partnership with the West London African Women’s Service.

    56 Dean Street, our sexual health clinic in Soho, also had two services shortlisted in the same category—Dean Street at Home, the HIV home testing service, and CliniQ, the sexual health clinic for people from the Trans community.

    Winners announced March 2013

    National Lifeblood VTE Award

    Sheena Patel (Specialist Anticoagulation Pharmacist—centre), Dr Helen Yarranton (Consultant Haematologist—2nd left) and Mr Amer Raza (Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist—2nd right) were awarded the ‘Best Obstetrics Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Programme’ at the National Lifeblood VTE Awards on 4 February 2013.

    Lifeblood recognised the team’s multifaceted approach and exemplary leadership, dedication and ambition to strive for excellence and improve patient safety within the Obstetrics department at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and their aim to reduce venous thromboembolism events.

    Winners announced February 2013

    Midwife of the Year—London & South East Region 2013

    Midwife Annabel Bryant (pictured with mum Irra Khi, who nominated her, and her daughter Myla) as the winner of the Midwife of the Year 2013 for the London & South East region in the Royal College of Midwives Annual Awards 2013.

    She was nominated by Irra for the exceptional care she provided before, during and after the birth of her daughter, Myla.

    Irra explained: "Annabel is an incredibly special person. She really took time understanding me and her expertise helped me choose a natural birth. She fully deserves this award for her heart of gold and incredible effort.

    "She gave our family the best start in life and I cannot speak highly enough of her."

    Winners announced January 2013

    The Times ‘Top 100 Children's Doctors 2012’

    5 Chelsea and Westminster doctors were named in The Times 'Top 100 Children's Doctors' published by the newspaper on Saturday 15 December 2012:

    • Dr Ed Abrahamson (Lead Consultant, Children's A&E)
    • Kate Barnard (Lead Clinician, Paediatric Dental department)
    • Mr Simon Eccles (Craniofacial Surgeon and Clinical Director, Chelsea Children's Hospital)
    • Professor Neena Modi (Professor of Neonatal Medicine)
    • Mr Munther Haddad (Paediatric Surgeon)

    Winners announced December 2012

    Shine Professional Award 2012

    Consultant Physician Dr Richard Morgan (right—centre) was chosen as the recipient of the Shine Professional Award, in recognition of the work of his multi-disciplinary specialist spina bifida and hydrocephalus clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, as well as the time he has given Shine (formerly the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus—ASBAH) over many years.

    Shine said that many of their members attend the clinic at Chelsea and Westminster and tell them how valuable they find it, and the difference it makes to their quality of life. The clinic cares for approximately 500 patients a year from a wide geographical area. It provides a 'one-stop' health check-up for patients living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, drawing on the expertise of a range of multi-disciplinary staff.

    Winners announced November 2012

    British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Awards

    Staff from the High Dependency Unit in the new Chelsea Children's Hospital won the 'Innovation in Products' category for inspiring and developing the coloured bedside chart workstations on the Unit. The award was entered by MTS (which helped to equip the new Chelsea Children's Hospital) in partnership with the Trust and Freeway Medical which manufactured the product.

    Winners announced October 2012

    Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2012

    We were the only NHS organisation named in the Top Employers for Working Families Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012—in the 2012 Awards we were named 'Best Employer for Carers & Eldercare', shortlisted as 'Best Employer for Flexible Working, and included in the Top 30 Employers for Working Families list.

    Winners announced September 2012

    All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity (APPGM) Awards 2012

    Staff at the West London African Women's Service won two categories of the APPGM Awards—for 'most marked improvement in services to address health inequalities or improve outcomes for mothers and babies' and for 'best example of a service for women with complex medical needs in pregnancy'.

    Winners announced July 2012

    British Medical Journal (BMJ) Improving Health Awards 2012

    56 Dean Street, our hugely successful HIV and sexual health centre in Soho, won the 'Health Communication Campaign of the Year' category for their initiative to set a Guinness World Record for the number of HIV tests carried out in one days at one location.

    They set the record at the G-A-Y Bar in Old Compton Street on World AIDS Day in December 2011.

    Winners announced May 2012

    The Times ‘Britain’s Best Surgeons 2011’ 

    Naresh Joshi and Andy Williams were named in The Times 'Britain's Top Surgeons' list. published by the newspaper on Saturday 10 December. Mr Joshi is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Mr Williams is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who is also one of the best known sports surgeons in the UK.

    Winners announced December 2011

    NHS Employers Flu Fighter Awards 2011

    This national award recognised the Communications Department’s I've had mine. Have you had yours? campaign to encourage staff to protect themselves, their patients and their family by having their flu jab.

    Winners announced November 2011

    Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) Awards 2011

    56 Dean Street staff won the 'Public Sector, Value for Money' category for their 'HIV—Closer Than You Think' campaign to increase the uptake of HIV testing. This campaign also won the 'Best Budget Campaign' category in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Excellence Awards 2011 and was Highly Commended in the 'Best Public Health Initiative' category of the Communique Awards 2011.

    Winners announced November 2011

    Health Service Journal Awards 2011

    The North West London Integrated Care Pilot (ICP)—in which Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is a key partner—won the 'Managing Long Term Conditions' category and was shortlisted in the 'Improving Care with Technology' category. The ICP aims to 'join up' (or integrate) the care of patients aged 75 and over and also patients living with diabetes.

    Winners announced November 2011


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