Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is delighted to announce that their CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) management of COVID-19 respiratory failure project led by Dr Abdul Ashish, Respiratory Consultant, has been shortlisted for ‘Deteriorating Patients and Rapid Response Initiative of the Year’ at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare. Following one of the toughest years in the health and social care sector, WWL continues to champion patient safety amidst challenges that the health and social care sector is facing.
WWL has been shortlisted despite the tough competition from hundreds of applicants. The multi-disciplinary team which established the new CPAP treatment for COVID-19 patients have been selected based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that their project has had on patient and staff experiences within the health care sector.
The judging panel is made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including Sue Smith OBE (Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals Morecambe Bay FT), Rachel Power (Chief Executive, The Patients Association), Dr Hester Wain (Head of Patient Safety Policy, NHS England and NHS Improvement).
Staff at WWL developed and implemented a new and innovative CPAP treatment for COVID-19 patients as a much-needed rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic by using a ward-based CPAP treatment.
During a time of immense pressure on both resources and staff, the project helped to support the Intensive Care Unit which would have otherwise struggled to meet the capacity needed to help treat patients with COVID-19 respiratory failure (COVID-19 pneumonitis).
This new treatment intervention enabled the Trust to deliver safe and effective treatment for patients who were suffering with COVID-19 associated acute respiratory failure using CPAP machines, previously purchased for use by sleep apnoea patients. CPAP not only offered a low-cost and low-dependency method of supporting breathing, but also proved to massively enhance patient safety, provide better patient outcomes through delivering treatment as early as possible, reduce risks, as well as being a benefit to older patients for whom ventilation would not be appropriate.
The project was achieved through a multi-disciplinary effort to both introduce the treatment and demonstrate its effectiveness through quality-assured clinical data. The outstanding contribution made by all members of the multidisciplinary team, including WWL’s Respiratory and Critical Care Outreach teams has been instrumental to this significant improvement in clinical care. As a result, we are now in the process of establishing a new ‘Enhanced Respiratory Care Unit’ where critically ill patients will be cared for.
WWL have since shared their material and findings, including best practice, from a local to international level, as well as providing a practical guide for using CPAP in other organisations to help replicate the work and the results.
Dr Abdul Ashish, Respiratory Consultant at WWL comments, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for Deteriorating Patients and Rapid Response Initiative of the Year, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members over the last 12 months to successfully implement the CPAP management of COVID-19 respiratory failure project. We continue to be committed to delivering improved outcomes for our patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement. This nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at WWL who continue to go above and beyond to improve our services, and provide the best possible care for our patients.”
The full list of finalists for the 2021 HSJ Patient Safety Awards can be found on awards.patientsafetycongress.co.uk/2021-shortlist.
Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place as part of the Patient Safety Congress and Awards in Manchester in September 2021.