Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) were shortlisted for four awards at this year’s Intensive Care Society (ICS) Awards, with five nominees in total.
The Wigan Oximetry@Home (Monitoring@Home) WWL community service was shortlisted by the Intensive Care Society for their Innovation award in recognition of the service’s robust pathways used in monitoring and management in the community.
The team were also praised for their joined up working across divisional and organisational partnerships, and their efforts towards alleviating pressure on the care system, in particular Intensive care, which has been fundamental in the current climate.
Although, when the winning announcement came in, the team hadn’t quite made the number one spot, that doesn’t take the shine off all the innovation and hard work the team have achieved over the past year to improve patient care.
Karen Downs, Wigan Monitoring@Home Clinical Lead Nurse said: “Although we didn’t quite gain the winning title, I’m so proud of our team and what we have been able to achieve, especially during such challenging and unprecedented times.
“Just being nominated for the Innovation award has been a great recognition of the impact our community teams have had and continue to have on patient outcomes, and ensuring the hospital has capacity to deliver acute hospital-based care.
“This is a massive step towards ensuring our patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place.
“And now we are more determined than ever to gain that winning title at future awards, but most importantly, continue to innovate and improve on the way we deliver patient care.”
The Wigan Oximetry@Home Team provide a self-monitoring service which is helping to support people at home who have been diagnosed with coronavirus and are most at risk of becoming seriously unwell.
This has helped to reduce Elective and Emergency Care (ECC) admissions, early escalation leading to shorter bed days and create capacity through facilitating safe discharge into continued care/monitoring.
Mary Fleming, Deputy Chief Executive said: “We are so proud of the team and their achievements to help support our vulnerable patients in the community. The impact this service has had on patient care and outcomes has been truly inspiring.
“We look forward to expanding this service further and continuing to find new and innovative ways of how we can improve patient care, adapting to the continuous challenges we face; always striving to be better.”
WWL had a further four nominees shortlisted at the ICS awards including; Claire Wannell, Deputy Director of Operations and Performance for Surgery and Michelle Sharp, Housekeeper for the Unsung Hero Award, Steps 4 Wellness Team, WWL’s health and wellbeing initiative for the Welfare and Wellbeing Award, and Winstanley Ward for the Improvement Project Award.
Mary continued: “All the teams and individuals who were shortlisted for awards are winners in our eyes and we are extremely proud of their amazing hard work and achievements, especially over the past year.”