Winners: Oxehealth & Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust win Best HealthTech Solution for Patient Safety Award
Last night Oxehealth andCoventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, had the pleasure of being winningthe award of "Best HealthTech Solution for Patient Safety" and finalists for the "Care for Older People" Award at the 2019 HSJ Patient Safety Awards held in Manchester.
With our colleagues at CWPT, we submitted our Reducing falls in Mental Health hospitals reportalong with the findings from the report. This resulted in us getting shortlisted for not one, but two Patient Safety Awards!
Once submitted, a panel of judges reviewed our submission ‘Innovative technology to improve dementia care in mental health’ and made the following comments:
“This highly innovative digital solution showed clear financial savings and successful risk reduction addressing safeguarding. The judges felt it can easily be transferred across other clinical settings.”
Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trustinstalled our digital care assistant which detects patient movement in bedrooms at Manor Hospital in an attempt to reduce falls during the night. By alerting staff via a central monitor if patients are on the edge of the bed or are trying to get out of bed, it enables them to intervene to prevent falls.
This has led to a 33 percent reduction in falls at night and a reduction in the severity of falls with moderate falls reduced from eight percent to two percent of the total. But the use of the technology has also reduced accident and emergency demand (representing a £99,000 saving per year) and saved clinical time. Staff can replay a short video of any falls, enabling them to decide if the patient had hit their head: this has led to a 71 percent reduction in hours spent on enhanced observation, a potential saving of £154,000 a year.
The Oxehealth technology has been supported by staff, patients and carers, and refined to meet the trust’s needs.
HSJbureau chief for quality and patient safety Shaun Lintern said: “Each of the winners exemplify the best of the NHS: working to improve the safety of their services and to deliver higher quality of care to their patients.
“All finalist projects selected by our independent judges are making a real difference, representing the vanguard of efforts in all healthcare settings to continuously improve and seek better outcomes.
“It was a privilege to celebrate with the winners and I hope other organisations and teams can learn from their example as we raise the bar on safety.”
Hugh Lloyd-Jukes, Chief Executive, Oxehealth, commented: “This prestigious HSJ award recognises Stanley & Pembleton wards’ huge achievement in reducing injuries and improving the quality of patient care. Our partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust is a powerful example of how Trusts can deploy the Digital Care Assistant to help colleagues work “at the top of their band” to the benefit of patients, patient families and the NHS.”
The Trust is now in a transition phase and is progressing towards embedding the Digital Care Assistant into ‘business as usual’ in this care setting.
Read Coventry and Warwickshire's news article here.