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HSJ Awards 2010: Quality and Productivity

Take a look at last year’s winners to help you put together a winning entry

2009 Winner of Delivering Quality and Value with NICE Guidance - Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust

The Quality and Productivity award is a new category for 2010 that aims to recognise and reward organisations that have successfully implemented the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention challenge - focusing cash and other resources on maximising the quality of healthcare while releasing savings.

The winners of last year’s Delivering Quality and Value with NICE Guidance category explain what taking home an HSJ Award meant to them.

Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust’s winning entry, which according to the judges took “NICE guidance from start to finish” and “gives people their lives back through early appropriate action”, described the transformation of a formerly poor stroke service into a unit rated among the country’s best. The trust now achieves clot busting thrombolysis rates of approximately 20 per cent for patients with stroke against a 0.8 per cent national average.

Consultant stroke physician Paul Guyler says: “Half as many Southend people die from stroke as did two years ago.”

Motivation to enter for the award came from a strong belief in the radical changes the trust had been able to implement and the clear signs of success.

“The online entry was mostly about what we had done, how we had achieved it and the statistics to back it up,” says Dr Guyler.

“The presentation to the judging panel gave us a chance to give more of a patient-centred focus to the range and scope of our work.”

What judges want

What judges want

  • Evidence of supporting and promoting innovations in clinical practice
  • Evidence that clinical pathways have been developed that improve effectiveness and enhance the patient experience
  • That clinicians have been at the centre - including taking responsibility for releasing savings
  • Evidence of discussions/research with patients to formulate plans
  • Evidence of improved productivity and elimination of waste
  • Evidence of identifying efficiency savings
  • Focus on value for money: ensuring each pound spent maximises the quality of healthcare and patient experience

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