Awards and recognition

Staff and services at the Trust are recognised in a variety of forums for the quality of care they provide.Each yearthese are listed in the Annual Quality Report which can be found here. Those listed on this page consist of those that occurred from April 2012 onwards:

Clinical Research Network WM Awards 2019

Our research scientists have picked up two awards for their work at the Clinical Research Network WM awards ceremony in Birmingham for Creative Recruitment and Business Intelligence Leaders. The recruitment award was for the team’s part in the Pathfinder study which looked for rare diseases from routine pathology results. The Business Intelligence Leaders award was for our innovative database work which has been shared as good practice outside the Trust.

Forward Healthcare Awards 2019

Our cardiac assessment unit (CAU) in the Enmergency Department at Russells Hall Hospital won  the Initiative of the Year Award as part of the Forward Healthcare Awards 2019. The Forward Healthcare Awards celebrates and shares great work across health and care, and the CAU won the award for their approach to dealing with cardiac patients. Launched in November 2018, CAU has greatly reduced the time patients wait to be seen, which has led to the early diagnosis of several myocardial infarctions (MIs) and reduced admissions.

Aneasthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) 2019

Our anaesthetists have been recognised for providing the highest quality care to their patients by achieving the prestigiuous Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) from the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA).  ACSA promotes quality improvement and the highest standards of anaesthetic service. To receive accreditation, departments demonstrate high standards in areas such as patient experience, patient safety and clinical leadership, meeting 100 per cent in all areas. It means patients at The Dudley Group can be assured they are receiving outstanding service. Dudley is the first Trust in the West Midlands to become accredited, and only the 33rd in the UK.

CHKS Top Hospitals Award 2019

We picked up a national award for the quality of our data which helped improve patient care. The CHKS Top Hospitals Awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK and are given to acute sector organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement. The data quality award for England, Wales and Northern Ireland is given in recognition of the importance of clinical coding and data quality, and the essential role they play in ensuring appropriate patient care and financial reimbursement from commissioners. CHKS, part of Capita Healthcare Decisions, bases its award decision on the data that comes from the information regularly submitted by hospitals to NHS Digital to help track performance.

Cavell Star Award 2019

Two of our midwives received a national award after their intervention proved life-saving for a dad-to-be who attended a routine antenatal appointment. Midwives Julie Hughes and Tracey Jones received the national Cavell Star Award from Anne Groucutt, after Julie and Tracey spotted that her son Sam Hutchins was clearly poorly and insisted he was seen by doctors straight away. Sam, 24, of Quarry Bank, has been diagnosed with aplastic anaemia and mum Anne, a staff nurse at the hospital, says that without their action Sam would not be alive. She nominated them for a Star Award from the Cavell Nurses’ Trust and was delighted to make a surprise presentation to them.

Nursing Times Award 2018

An innovative project to improve the experience of people with learning disabilities when they visit hospital won a national award.  It grabbed tghe attention of NHS England which is interested in replicating iut across the country.  Jacqui Howells and her colleague Katie O’Connor, picked up the Learning Disabilities Nursing gong at the prestigious Nursing Times Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 31st October. They won for their 18-month project to improve the training of student nurses and doctors in how to treat patients with learning disabilities. Jacqui, the learning disabilities liaison nurse, employed twins Diane and Susan Baker – who themselves have a learning disability – to be involved in the training, rather than using actors and mannequins.

Research Impact Award 2018

Consultant rheumatologist Dr Holly John took home the Research Impact Award at the Clinical Research Network West Midlands Awards. Her ‘Love Your Heart’ project developed an interactive online video programme to help patients with rheumatoid arthritis at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It is the second award this year for Love Your Heart – a joint project with the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. Research carried out by the Rheumatology Department at the Trust has made a significant contribution to national and international guidelines on the subject.

Psoriasis Nurse of the Year 2018

A dermatology staff nurse who helped a teenage girl through years of treatment for a skin disease has won a national award. Liz Jones was named Psoriasis Nurse of the Year 2018 after being nominated by her patient, Alizah Pervez. Alizah, who is now 19 and lives in Amblecote, Stourbridge, said Liz had helped her to understand her condition and had always found time for her when she visited Corbett Hospital in Stourbridge for treatment. At one point the teenager was having to attend three times a week – but said that Liz was always a friendly face.

Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards 2018

An interactive online video programme to help patients with rheumatoid arthritis at increased risk of cardiovascular disease has won a prestigious award. Love Your Heart is a joint project between The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust’s consultant rheumatologist Dr Holly John and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. It has picked up an award celebrating the very best of innovation in healthcare around the West Midlands. Love Your Heart educates patients with rheumatoid arthritis about the risks of CVD, which increase due to both their RA as well as established risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol or smoking. The trust was given the gong in the Supporting Self Care and Prevention of Illness Innovation Award category of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s third annual Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards.

Health Service Journal Awards 2017

The implementation of a new app which has transformed out-of-hours care at Russells Hall Hospital and freed up more than 100 hours of nursing and doctor time every week has been shortlisted for a national award. Our work to introduce the new task management system, Nervecentre, was named as a finalist in the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards 2017 in the Patient Safety category. The smart app allows clinical requests to be managed centrally by a team of senior nurses to ensure the right doctors are with the right patients at the right time. A staggering 5000 clinical tasks, ranging from prescribing medication to interpreting blood results and x-rays, are logged and allocated each month using the app on handheld iPods.

Nursing Times Awards 2017

We have received national recognition in three top industry awards for their innovative way of providing healthcare. The Trust has been shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards 2017 in three categories: Continence Promotion and Care, Nursing in the Community and Child and Adolescent Services. Our Continence Advisors for Care Homes made the shortlist in two categories, Continence Promotion and Care and Nursing in the Community. The Trust’s project to improve the experience for children with learning disabilities visiting hospital also made the shortlist in the Child and Adolescent Services category.

Celebration of Innovation Awards 2017

Oncology prescribing pharmacist Manesh Patel was shortlisted for a prestigious award celebrating the best of innovation in healthcare around the region. Manesh has been given the nod in the Medicines Optimisation category of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN)’s second annual Celebration of Innovation awards. Manesh works in surgical and medical prostate cancer clinics, supporting and managing patients throughout their journey from diagnosis to treatment and closely monitoring their responses to new cancer therapies.

Neurology Specialist Pharmacist awarded a ‘Fellow’ of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Dr Janine Barnes, who is based at Stourbridge Health & Social Care Centre, has been given the title that recognises individuals who have attained distinction in their pharmacy career and is one of the highest honours that can be awarded to members of the RPS. Dr Barnes was awarded the status of Fellow for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of pharmaceutical knowledge.

Student Nursing Times Award 2017

Three members of staff from The Dudley Group have received national recognition from the Student Nursing Times Awards by making the shortlist in the category of Educator of the Year. The team made up of Sarah Clarke, Victoria Perry and Kate O’Connor has been shortlisted for inspiring and motivating students. Their entry included testimonials about their work from students and colleagues.

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017

Two of our services have been shortlisted for a national award for demonstrating outstanding practice as well as cutting-edge innovations. The Day Case Unit at Russells Hall Hospital has made the shortlist in the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017 for improvements that have resulted in patients waiting less time for their procedures. Improvements to privacy and dignity mean that patients are no longer admitted directly to the ward to wait by their beds until surgery: they now stay in the admissions lounge, fully clothed, until just before their procedure Patients with learning disabilities experience less stress because their admissions paperwork can be done in their homes before they come into hospital. The unit has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Improving the value of surgical services’ while a service that offers a fast-track emergency kidney operation (a nephrostomy) is shortlisted in the category of ‘Acute sector redesign’. The 24/7 nephrostomy service means patients across the Black Country and Wolverhampton can now receive their procedures over weekends and bank holidays.

Midwives Annual Midwifery Awards 2014 – Johnson’s Baby Award for Evidence into Practice

An innovative project encouraging new mothers in Dudley to breastfeed was recognised as the best of its
kind in the country at the Royal College of Midwives Annual Midwifery Awards 2014.  The Mom2Mom project, which encourages support from family members, was announced as the winner of the Johnson’s Baby Award for Evidence into Practice at a ceremony in London. The project, led by lead community midwife Lucy Johnson, has been piloted by the community midwifery team over the past year and has proved a great success.

NHS Leadership Awards 2013 – NHS Governing Body of the Year

Members of the trust’s Council of Governors picked up the prestigious title of NHS Governing Body of the Year. They received the coveted award for their dedication and commitment to providing continuity and leadership against a backdrop of challenge and change. The NHS Leadership Recognition Awards celebrate excellence in leadership across the NHS awarding those who have demonstrated excellent leadership to make a difference to patients.

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement Case Study for Diabetes Care

The excellent work undertaken at the Trust on promoting and undertaking diabetes care has been recognised by the NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement as it publicises the work of the team at Russells Hall Hospital on its website.

To view the case study, click here.

Nursing Standard Annual Awards 2013 – Ward Sister of the year award

Sara Davis from Ward C8 was presented with the above award in March 2013 for initiating a variety of improvements. These included: increasing staff morale and the scores of the nursing care indicators, reducing the number of complaints, serious incidents and sickness levels, ensuring staff training is up to date and improving working relationships with colleagues in other disciplines.

A member of Sara’s team said, “Sara has completely altered the ward to make the patient journey the priority here and she cares about her staff just as much.”

Recognising Excellence in Medical Education (REME) Teaching Award for the academic year 2011-12

At a prize giving ceremony held at the University of Birmingham Medical School in December 2012 the above award was presented to Dr A Whallett, Consultant Rheumatologist. REME is a student-led, medical school endorsed organisation that aims to identify teachers who have contributed significantly toward medical education.

All students are invited to provide nominations and feedback, all of which is entirely on a voluntary basis. All nominations are reviewed, and winners chosen on the basis of number of nominations and the comments received. Dr Whallett was one of only 11 individuals given this award.