Celebrating our HSJ Awards finalists

Seven teams across our partnership have been shortlisted for this year’s HSJ Awards, now in its 40th year of celebrating healthcare service excellence.

HSJ AwardsThe HSJ Awards were established in 1980 to celebrate success stories and provide a platform to help shape the future of the NHS. Across 23 categories, the Awards recognise excellence in several key areas, including mental health primary care, sustainability, patient safety and many more.

This year, seven teams across King’s Health Partners have been shortlisted, recognising their enormous amount of work and commitment.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust:

Acute Sector Innovation of the Year: The effective management of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH)by Group Consultations

The Trust is providing group consultations for patients with IIH for the management of their condition, including peer support, lifestyle approaches and input from multidisciplinary teams for their care (including dietetics and physiotherapy).

Integrated Care Partnership of the Year: Guy’s Rapid Diagnostic Clinic Team

This clinic offers quick access to a range of diagnostic tests for patients, whose symptoms are non-specific but concerning and need a diagnosis so that a treatment plan can be put in place. This offers patients further investigation of symptoms they may have discussed with their GP, through additional tests.

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Workforce Initiative of the Year: COVID-19 Staff Support and Wellbeing Programme

This programme champions our Mind & Body values by providing staff with resources developed locally, nationally or internationally to support the mental health and wellbeing of staff.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Freedom to Speak up Organisation of the Year: Speaking Up. Listening Up. Starting with Ourselves.

A network of colleagues across the Trust, responsible for the Freedom to Speak Up Strategy, have engaged with staff to identify the feelings and behaviours necessary to enable them to speak up when things don’t seem quite right at work and to listen and take action when needed.

Patient Safety Award: Improving safety in seclusion with non-contact technology

South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is using the Oxehealth Digital Care Assistant in the seclusion suite of Eileen Skellern 1 ward – so that their staff can monitor patients’ physical healthcare needs while still respecting their mental health treatment. The Digital Care Assistant consists of a wall-mounted device and software, which includes a Vital Signs module that can measure breathing and pulse rate, without the need for a device or wires to be attached to the skin. It means that clinical staff supporting patients in the seclusion suite can obtain vital signs information, without entering their room to carry out a physical examination.

System Leadership Initiative of the Year: One Croydon Alliance

The One Croydon Alliance was formed in 2017 and is made up of Age UK Croydon, Croydon Council, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Croydon GP Collaborative and NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group. Despite competition from more than 1,000 entries, One Croydon has been shortlisted for System Leadership Initiative of the Year, which acknowledges organisations working together across different sectors to deliver more integrated care, improve services and increase financial value.

Across King’s Health Partners:

Digitising Patient Services Initiative: Life Lines – Rapid implementation of virtual visiting in intensive care

The Life Lines project was established in March 2020 to connect families who have been isolated from their loved ones in intensive care as a result of changes made to visiting policy in response to COVID-19, by offering virtual visits via 4G-enabled tablet devices. The project is supported by King’s Health Partners, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.

The virtual awards ceremony will take place on 17 March 2020.

You can view the full shortlist here.