Influencing Change Hero award announced

Published: 15 Jun 2022

The winner of the Influencing Change Hero Award has been announced today; congratulations to the Trauma Team at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. In addition, the judges have also awarded commendations to Deborah Douglas, Clinical Fellow at the University College London Hospital, and the PIMS-TS audit team at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

WINNER: Trauma Team at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. The team were recognised for their work to improve the care of patients admitted to hospital with a fractured femur, utilising audit data collected for the National Hip Fracture Database. Their award submission detailed how the audit led to the development of a new fracture femur pathway, which was used to standardise care and embed a consistent approach to the initial management of patients.

The judges were impressed by the team’s use of a national audit project to produce impressive results and described their work as an “excellent example of using a range of approaches to achieve sustainable results, especially the quick wins.”

COMMENDED: Deborah Douglas, Clinical Fellow. Deborah was commended for her audit focusing on getting major urological post-operative patients drinking, eating and mobilised through the introduction of a new digital platform. The judges heard how the audit resulted in the reduction of complications that patients suffer after surgery, improved healing and recovery, and reduced the length of stay.

The judges commended Deborah on her clear methodology, good team engagement and approach to making changes as the patient progressed.

COMMENDED: PIMS-TS at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. The PIMS-TS team were commended for their audit focusing on children and young people with suspected Paediatric Multisystem Syndrome temporally associated with COVID-19 (PIMS-TS), the findings of which went on to inform the development of a regional clinical guideline for managing PIMS-TS.

The judges were particularly impressed by the team’s quick response to a condition related to COVID-19.

Full case studies of these projects will be made available on the HQIP website in due course.

Other award categories

The Influencing Change Hero Award recognises clinical audits that are supporting change in healthcare practice, planning or process, and is one of five categories in this year’s Clinical Audit Heroes Awards.

The winners of each award will be announced at a series of daily Lunch & Learn events, hosted by N-QI-CAN, on each of the award topics from 13-17 June. Details of these events (and recordings for those who wish to listen again, once they have taken place) – in addition to news of all the winners – can be found on the Clinical Audit Awareness Week webpage.

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