Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has received a prestigious national accolade for its efforts to improve the quality of care for patients with a particular injury.
Consultant surgeon Dominic Inman and his team won the British Medical Journal’s (BMJ’s) patient safety award for the trust’s Hip Quality Improvement Programme at a recent ceremony.
Across the UK up to 75,000 people, most of them elderly, suffer a hip fracture every year, often as a result of a fall.
Since the trust’s programme was launched in 2010, there have been immense benefits to patients which have resulted in fewer deaths, safer care and much improved patient experience and pain management.
It focuses on the whole patient pathway – from the moment patients arrive at hospital, throughout surgery and during their recovery on the ward and at home.
Mr Inman said: “Over the last few years we have made great strides to improve the care we deliver to save more lives and help people make better recoveries.
“We are delighted that five years after its launch, our work is still being recognised on a national stage for the benefits it is bringing to patients.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in the project for their continued dedication and hard work.
“Alongside the clinical outcomes of the programme, we’ve also received positive feedback from patients and their families, not only praising the care they received but telling us how it helped them to regain their independence, which is fantastic.”
The programme has won two other national awards in previous years and it was featured in The National Hip Fracture Database in 2011.