Local hospitals shortlisted for national patient safety awards
09 July 2020
Two local hospitals helping improve safety for patients have now been shortlisted for their work in the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards.
Both Southend Hospital and Broomfield Hospital are now in the
running for the national awards, with winners being announced in
November. Their entries showcase how they have been making a
positive difference to the lives of patients.
Clare Panniker, CEO of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust,
which the two hospitals are a part, said: "To be recognised in
these national awards is a fantastic achievement, it demonstrates
that our dedicated staff and departments are striving to improve
the safety of patients in our care."
Acute kidney injury clinical nurse
In the category of Patient Safety Team of the Year, the acute
kidney injury clinical nurse specialist at Southend, Linda Lio, has
been shortlisted for the huge impact her role has made on
It is estimated that across the UK, 20% of all patients admitted
to hospital have Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).
Dr Gowrie Balasubramaniam, Nephrology Consultant and Lead for
MSE Renal Programme, said: "It is terrific to be recognised by the
HSJ awards and we are hoping to expand this service to all the
three hospitals that are part of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation
Linda added: "Acute kidney injury is a patient safety concern
and potentially life-threatening, I support clinical teams to help
improve a patient's care, their outcomes and reduce harm from AKI.
Every member of staff looking after our patients can make a real
End of life team
The Broomfield Hospital team of Charlotte Hoctor, Lee Ellis and
Tim Blake have been nominated for the HSJ End of Life Care award
for improving patients' access to spiritual and pastoral support
thanks to the clever use of an existing patient observation system
to help identify patients who may wish to receive additional
And it is already making quite the impact, between April 2018
and March 2019, the chaplains provided spiritual care to 364
patients, an increase of 81% on the previous year.
Chaplain Tim Blake said: "I was surprised and delighted to hear
that we had been nominated for an HSJ award. This piece of work has
involved whole teams of people in end-of-life care, the chaplaincy
and IT systems. It's great to see the effort that so many people
have made to improve end-of-life care for patients at Broomfield