National praise for hip scheme

A HEALTH organisation which provides services in Northumberland has won a national accolade for one of its specialist schemes.

Work to improve patient experience on Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Hip Fracture Quality Improvement Programme, known as Hip Qip, was recognised at the Patient Experience Network National Awards.

The programme has provided benefits for patients with fewer deaths and safer procedures, better overall care and faster access to surgery.

The National Hip Fracture Database has also featured the trust for the quality of care it offers patients.

Chairman of the Hip Qip Steering Group Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mike Reed said: “A great deal of work has gone into this project and we are truly delighted the team and the trust have been acknowledged for the second time on a national stage.

“This project has led to significant improvements to patients’ care and their experiences of being in hospital, and we have received excellent feedback from patients and their relatives.

“The majority of our patients are elderly and this project is about ensuring that we give them excellent care at a time when they can feel distressed and vulnerable.”