19th June 2012 – Staff shortlisted for national care award
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for a top accolade in the national Care Integration Awards for 2012.
The Airedale team has been nominated as finalists in the musculoskeletal care category for their work to improve the care of patients with a fractured neck of femur – hip fracture – particularly for people aged 60 and over.
One of the main improvements the team has made is the closer working of the departments of orthopaedics and older people’s medicine, which was put in place in April last year. This included an emphasis on falls prevention and bone health.
The multi-disciplinary team works to support patients with appropriate rehabilitation services, advice, aids and adaptations to help them maintain or regain their mobility and independence. In addition, the team has also increased the number of patients following all seven of the best practice criteria for the fractured neck of femur pathway to around 80% in the relatively short period of 12 months.
Bridget Fletcher, Chief Executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “Providing high quality care and supporting our patients to remain as independent as possible is very important so we are delighted to be shortlisted for this award.
“The success of scheme has been due to the close working of a number of diverse specialities in the hospital. Good team work has led to better outcomes and helped us put our patients at the forefront of excellent clinical care.”
The team will find out if they have been successful at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday 4 July, 2012.