Nurses at Salisbury District Hospital who assess, manage and treat people for blood clots have won a national Quality in Care (QiC) Programme Award
The nurse-led Venous Thrombosis (VTE) and Anticoagulation Services cover all aspects of care in this area, with the VTE Service assessing and treating patients in outpatient clinics and the Outreach Anticoagulation Service assessing patients in hospital and providing support and guidance for ward staff.
Lorna Wilkinson, Director of Nursing said: “Our VTE and anticoagulation outreach services have been instrumental in helping reduce the number of admissions due to blood clots and supporting the screening and assessment of patients within hospital.”
“They are leading edge services and a national exemplar site, providing the very best care and treatment for patients and sharing their knowledge and experience with other hospitals across the country.”
Ms Wilkinson added: “In this award our staff were “head and shoulders” above the rest, with the judges impressed by the way in which nurses are used in this role. They were also impressed with our streamlined integrated care pathway, collaboration with other departments, the assessment of care and the involvement of people who use the service. All supported by a wealth of positive feedback.”
Quality in Care is run by the PMGroup, which is a leading international multi-channel media group, producing a range of magazines, websites and communications programmes to support the pharmaceutical industry and related sectors. The programme recognises good practice in patient care and joint working in key therapy areas and allows these schemes to be shared and disseminated at a national level. Each programme involves the support of healthcare professionals, charities, industry and the NHS.
Ms Wilkinson said: Ms Wilkinson said: ”We are very proud of our teams and their outstanding achievement, which not only reflects the high standards of care provided by them in Salisbury, but also the way in which their expertise and knowledge can influence services and patient care in other parts of the country.”
Notes to editors:
The awards ceremony was at the Royal College of General Practitioners London. Thursday 10th September 2015.
Photograph from left to right: Diane Eaton, Project Development Manager at Anticoagulation Europe, Penny Shanks, Anticoagulation Nurse Practitioner, Dr Tamara Everington, Haematology Consultant, Nicola McQuaid, Lead Anticoagulation Nurse Practitioner, Jacqui Gentle, Anticoagulation Nurse Practitioner, Siew-Ling Phuan, Anticoagulation Nurse Practitioner and Dr Mark Porter, GP and BBC correspondent