Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust Scoops National Health Award
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named best in the country for improving patient flow and improving value, efficiency and patient experience in the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare awards.
The national awards recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS, while also recognising the excellent use of resources.
The award recognises improvements made by teams across the whole trust, resulting in the average length of stay reducing by two days with an estimated annual saving of around £6 million.
Ben Owens, clinical director of the emergency depart at Sherwood Forest Hospitals said: “It is such an honour to receive this award on behalf of staff across our trust. It demonstrates everyone’s commitment to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of care we give, so patients can enjoy a speedier recovery and go home as quickly as possible.
“Flow and avoiding patients being admitted to hospital in the first place is everyone’s job because it is proven to save lives. We all have a duty to constantly modify our practice for the safety of our patients and the future of the NHS.”
In the year to the end of March 2016, 102,000 people attended the King’s Mill Hospital Emergency Department and more than 21,000 patients were seen and treated at the Minor Injuries Unit at Newark Hospital, which in late 2016 was upgraded to an Urgent Care Centre.
The Sherwood Forest Hospitals team being presented with their award at the Health Service Journal’s Value in Healthcare Awards in London.