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Local hospitals shortlisted for national patient safety awards

09 July 2020

Health Care

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 specialist

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 patients.

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 Trust."

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 difference."

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 care.

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 recognised."