Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Helping patients to recover from surgery sooner, improving end of life care and the development of a specialist programme to help people lose weight is just some of the work which has been recognised in this year’s NHS Wales Awards, announced today.
Seven awards were given to NHS organisations across Wales for their innovative work and best practice that is improving patient care.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board led the way with two awards for its work in enhanced recovery after colorectal surgery and the development of a Faculty to drive innovation and service improvements for the benefits of patients.
Cwm Taf Health Board, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Powys Health Board, Velindre NHS Trust and a joint entry from Public Health Wales, ABM University Health Board and Cwm Garw GP Practice are also celebrating after winning one award each.
(Cwm Taf L-R: Caroline Poole, Sarah Morgan, Darrell Clarke, Christine Jenkins, Heather Smith)
NHS Wales Chief Executive David Sissling, who presented the awards in a ceremony at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff this afternoon, said, “I find myself impressed year after year with the high quality of the entries submitted to the NHS Wales Awards.
“They are an impressive reflection of the professionalism of our staff and their commitment to safe, efficient and compassionate care.
"It is right that these excellent examples of best practice, shared across Wales, should be spotlighted and the NHS recognise the ground-breaking work of our dedicated health care staff. They are a tribute to all involved."
The winners of the NHS Wales Awards 2012 are;
Citizens at the Centre of Service Re-Design and Delivery
Cwm Taf Health Board for its work with families and professionals to develop an autism guide for parents and carers
Developing a Flexible and Sustainable Workforce
Velindre NHS Trust for its project to train clinically experienced staff in prescribing roles in oncology that has improved patient care
Improving Patient Safety
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for its work in enhanced recovery after colorectal surgery which is helping patients to recover from surgery quicker and return home from hospital sooner.
(Cardiff and Vale: back L-R Sian Harrington, Gary Howell, Carole Jones, Ann Jones, Clare Tregidon, Richard Davies, Michael Davies, Fiona Jenkins, Susan Mogford. Front L-R: Sarah Grady, Caroline Trezise, Claire Nelson, Jane Cadogan)
Improving Quality Through Better Use of Resources
Aneurin Bevan Health Board for ‘I Want to Go Home’, an initiative that has improved end of life care by respecting patients’ rights to die in their preferred location
Promoting Better Health and Avoiding Disease
Public Health Wales, Cwm Garw Practice and ABM University Health Board for the development of a weight management programme in Bridgend
Promoting Clinical Research and Application to Practice
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for its work to develop a Faculty for Quality Improvement to drive innovation and service improvements for the benefits of patients.
Working Seamlessly Across Organisations
Powys Health Board, Powys Children and Young People’s Partnership and Barnardo’s Cymru for introducing the Incredible Years programme to help parents, teachers and children to address conduct disorder.
Speaking at the ceremony today, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths said: "I always feel very proud to be part of ceremonies such as this, showcasing the best of the NHS in Wales.
“It strengthens my already firm belief we can and will work together to achieve our vision of the future of healthcare, as set out in our document 'Together for Health', and deliver a safe and sustainable NHS for the patients of today and tomorrow.
"I would like to congratulate each and every one of you here today, and send my congratulations back with you to the colleagues who were not able to attend, but were integral in these innovations and examples of best practice. Well done."
More than 120 projects entered into this year’s NHS Awards, which showcase good practice and achievement in healthcare.
National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) Director Dr Alan Willson, who leads the NHS Wales Awards, said that the standard of the winning work demonstrates world class ambitions and achievements.
He said, “The high standard of winning work from across Wales demonstrates that patients are benefiting from well designed and successful improvements to give them the best possible experience and outcome.
“This is the fifth year that we have held these important Awards and it is inspiring to hear about yet more examples of excellent healthcare continuing to be developed and delivered right here in Wales.”
The NHS Wales Awards were launched in 2008 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.
The Awards are jointly organised by the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) and the Welsh Government.