People living with dementia are being helped to stay in familiar care environments, rather than face admission to hospital, through the efforts of an award winning team at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s (SSSFT) Redwoods Centre.
The Hospital Avoidance Team on Oak Ward were the winners of the Chris Holley Award for Innovation at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare’s Positively Different Staff Awards held last week. This award recognises creativity and new ideas to deliver improved services or to reduce inefficiency.
In an innovative approach, staff on Oak Ward use their skills and experience to support care homes, particularly at weekends. By visiting and telephoning homes where a resident has been identified as deteriorating, ward staff work in partnership with care home staff to avoid the need for admission to hospital, improving both outcomes and quality of life.
Judges commented that the Hospital Avoidance Team had demonstrated a real commitment to improving the quality of care for elderly people.
380 local NHS staff attended the Positively Different Awards ceremony at the Staffordshire County Showground on Thursday 9th November.
The Awards are designed to recognise exceptional contributions to service, by individuals and teams, by clinical and non clinical staff. Over 165 nominations were received for the 11 awards and following a rigorous process, supported by some of the Trust’s Governor Members, the best entries were shortlisted, only finding out if they were winners on the night.
The event is also an important opportunity for sharing good practice and helping staff to understand their role in the wider service. South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare provides mental health, learning disability and specialist children’s services locally, but also psychological therapies; drug and alcohol services in prisons; and care for serving MOD personnel across the country.
Neil Carr, Chief Executive said “One of the Trust’s core principles is that we value our staff. We know that we cannot deliver effective services without well trained and supported staff and believe that offering real recognition in the form of this awards ceremony has a real part to play in creating an enthusiastic, committed and confident workforce.”