Local health and social care heroes chosen to represent Midlands and East in NHS birthday awards – renal telemedicine

The Trust’s renal telemedicine team has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent the Midlands and East region in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

As regional champion in the Future Health category, they will now vie with other regional winners from across England for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by IBM and Teva, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in February, it asked the region’s MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across ten categories. The Trust’s renal telemedicine team was nominated by the Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald MP.

From over 750 entries, senior experts have chosen four outstanding nominations in each category, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

Consultant nephrologist, Dr Suresh Mathavakkannan, who is also the Trust’s divisional chair for medicine and clinical director for renal medicine, led the nomination process. He said:

“The service supports NHS New Models of Care for patients with long term conditions, using telemedicine for patients: with kidney failure on dialysis; who are approaching the need for dialysis or who have functioning kidney transplants. Using telemedicine allows us to hold video clinics with these patients, who report their blood pressure, weight and well-being during their consultation.

“The benefits of the renal telemedicine service include allowing more people to perform their dialysis treatments at home with confidence and supporting kidney transplant patients to have clinic consultations at a time of their choosing, without the need to attend hospital as frequently. Thus far, over 1,000 miles in patient journeys have been saved by alternating video consultations with face-to-face clinics.”

Nominating MP, The Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald said:

“This service allows people to avoid tiring regular journeys to hospital, by helping them through video consultations either to perform dialysis at home or have regular monitoring from home after a kidney transplant. I was very impressed by the caring nature of this project and that it shows us one aspect of the potential future for NHS care, which is why I nominated them.”

All of the champions will now be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on 4th July 2018, the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.

The ceremony will be hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP and TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors.

The regional champions will now go forward to a final stage of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, the Unison trade union, and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.