Trust is honoured for dementia care

HEALTH HONOUR: (from left) Caroline Otieno, Brian Bennett, Sandra Nuttall, Kath Heyworth and Linda Scott
HEALTH HONOUR: (from left) Caroline Otieno, Brian Bennett, Sandra Nuttall, Kath Heyworth and Linda Scott

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has been awarded “Highly Commended” in the Value and Improvement in Patient Information Management category at the Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Awards.

The awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency, improvement and excellent use of resources by the NHS. Five Trust employees who worked on the project were at the ceremony to collect their award.

Working with the ExtraMed patient-flow management system from Hospedia, the Trust has developed an electronic system to identify and support screening of patients with possible dementia.

The new electronic system helped to create a process for tracking, recording and managing information regarding the status of dementia screening for patients, while significantly reducing the amount of paperwork nursing staff had to complete. The information is accessible to staff, contributing to patient safety, patient satisfaction and quality of care.

Caroline Otieno, the Trust dementia leader, said: “This means that our Trust has been recognised as a leader in the field of patient information management, achieving both service improvement and outstanding efficiency – a vital balance that is more important than ever before. Hospedia provided the technology to turn our idea into reality.”

Dr John Dean, associate medical director, added: “I am very proud of our Medicine for Older People Services and all their hard work introducing this new electronic system which has brought many benefits to our patients, staff and our organisation as a whole.”