Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted as the hospital of the year and also for its innovation in two categories of the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.
The HSJ awards are the largest celebration of healthcare excellence in the UK, recognising outstanding leadership, innovation and advances in patient safety and quality of care.
The Trust has a culture of continuous improvement and, as part of its submission in the Acute Provider Trust of the Year category, the shortlisting panel will consider Salisbury’s use of patient feedback to improve facilities and services and its impressive record on patient safety and quality of care.
The Trust’s ‘Engage’ project was shortlisted for the Acute Sector Innovation category. This is a unique programme developed locally by the clinical psychology team. ‘Engage’ provides psychological support and stimulation for older people in hospital, through memory puzzles, discussion groups and reading. This has been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and depression and reduce length of stay..
Peter Hill, Chief Executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “ The HSJ Awards are seen by many in the NHS as a benchmark of excellence, and this year they received over 1000 applications from organisations, highlighting the outstanding work that they been doing that has made a real difference to patients. It’s particularly pleasing to be shortlisted in two categories that highlight and the overall strength of the organisation and our commitment to innovation. This is fantastic news for our staff, our patients and the local community.”
The judging panel will visit Salisbury in the early autumn and the Trust will present to the judging panel in London in October. The winners will be announced by the HSJ in November.
For further information please contact:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170