Chair Commends Staff Success
14/11/2014Southern Health Trust Chair, Roberta Brownlee has commended Trust staff for their achievements which have improved patient care. Roberta, who has just been reappointed as Trust Chair for a second 4 year term, says that despite financial challenges, many innovations have been led by Trust staff.
She says: “The financial constraints within health and care services are well known, so it is even more important in this context to acknowledge how our staff continue to provide high quality care for patients and clients.
“Earlier this year, we were delighted that Craigavon and Daisy Hill hospitals received a Top 40 Hospital award for the third year running. This award shows that our hospitals are amongst the best performing in the UK. Every member of staff – our front line clinical and managerial staff and those who support them such as our administrative, portering, domestic and catering staff - have all played an important role in this achievement.
“Joint working between our hospital and community care teams has also significantly contributed to this achievement with improved information sharing leading to more efficient hospital discharge.
“Healthcare associated infections are an important indicator of safety and thanks to the diligence of staff, our hospital infection rates continue to be amongst the best in the UK and we have the lowest rate of Clostridium difficile and MRSA in Northern Ireland.
“To help cope with the growing demand for services, our staff are also using cutting edge technology to work ‘smarter’ and continually improve patient care. This has just been recognised at the first NI eHealth and Social Care Awards and the prestigious EHealth Insider national awards with Trust staff achieving many accolades. IT staff have led and supported these important developments so much credit also goes to them.
“Examples of this high tech innovation include ‘virtual clinics’ where staff contact patients via web based video link in addition to their routine face to face appointments. Staff working in the community are also using technology to support patient care. For example, over 1000 local people with chronic conditions like heart failure, diabetes and stroke use tele-monitoring. Equipment installed in the home allows patients to check their own vital signs such as pulse and blood pressure daily. The information is then sent to a team of health care professionals who can detect any deterioration at an early stage. Our specialised teams are working right across the Trust’s area helping patients with these and other long term conditions to manage better at home; prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and improve their quality of life.
“Community staff have also led many other groundbreaking developments. The UK’s first Health Visitor for twins and multiple birth families has just taken up post in the Trust to support families from pregnancy until their children reach school age. Young mums are also benefitting from our Family Nurse Partnership which improves pregnancy outcomes and children’s health and development. Best of all parents tell us they love the service and would be lost without it.
“Two new facilities for the assessment of adults with a learning disability and for psychiatric intensive care recently opened. Staff working here complement vital work carried out by community teams as they can rapidly respond to clients in need of short periods of hospital care.
Mental health staff have also implemented the regional Recovery Through Organisational Change programme which works in partnership with service users to deliver recovery initiatives which place the individual at the centre of decision making in relation their care and well-being.
Roberta concludes: “Our 13,000 members of staff provide services on a huge scale so it’s impossible to mention all their achievements but I wish to thank every member of staff for their personal and professional commitment to delivering individual care for every patient and client every day.”
Click here to view a short video which reflects more of the Trust’s achievements in the past year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDkEYDEg298