Trust’s enhanced nursing care team wins at annual Allocate Awards

The Trust’s enhanced nursing care team has won in the Care needs first category at this year’s Allocate Awards.

The team play a vital part in supporting patients who have dementia and other mental health challenges. They have been recognised for their work improving patient care, whilst reducing the money spent on agencies through the use of specialist rostering software.

Enhanced care team

Above: The Trust’s enhanced care team

The annual awards ceremony, which was held in Manchester on 17 October 2017, celebrates NHS staff who have made a difference – whether that’s to patients, colleagues, their entire organisation or to the wider health service.

Speaking about the award, safer staffing matron Emily Watts said:

“We’re seeing an increased demand in the Trust for patients with dementia and delirium – with many requiring one-to-one nursing care. Our team is in-house, which gives us the flexibility of rotating staff to make sure the patients get the right amount care they need.

“Since the team was created we have introduced a daily patient review that makes sure patients are prioritised based on their needs. We have also worked with staff and the Trust’s carers leads to expand visiting hours on many of our wards, so families can spend more time with their loved ones.”

Debbie Whittaker, deputy director of nursing at the Trust, congratulated the team:

“I’m very proud of Emily and the team, and I’d like to congratulate them on this fantastic achievement. Not only has this meant that we have improved quality of care and patient experience, it has also reduced spend on agency staff and saved the Trust money.”