UHNM’s Cardiology team rated number 1

​The Cardiology team at University Hospitals of North Midlands have won the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) 'Cardiology team of the year' award.

The award win follows the work of the Cardiology team to help improve their input and involvement in the Emergency portals at UHNM.

The BMJ Awards, now in their 9th year, are the UK's leading medical awards. They recognise and celebrate the inspirational work of healthcare teams across the country. Over a 6-month period more than 350 teams submitted entries which their distinguished judges whittle down to 60 shortlisted teams and 15 eventual winners are all showcased in The BMJ.

Four years ago the Cardiology team met with consultants from the Emergency Department and Acute Medical Unit to discuss ways of improving cardiology input to the emergency portals. 6 senior cardiac nurses were recruited and underwent formal health assessment training with Keele University and then progressed to an 18 month cardiology specific training program, with a consultant mentor throughout, culminating in achieving a post graduate diploma in Cardiology (as recognised by the British Cardiovascular Society). The team now provides 24 hour a day cardiology opinions to the emergency portals supported by the on call cardiology Registrar.

Dr Rhys Beynon, Consultant Cardiologist, said: "It is a fantastic honour to have been recognised in this way by the BMJ and to have won this prestigious award. To come out on top against competition from a number of the other top cardiac centres in the country is extremely pleasing. The whole team have put in a lot of work to improve the fluidity of our work with the Emergency Department here at UHNM and we have received lots of positive feedback about the high-level of cardiology presence within the department. The rapid decision making that the team can provide in the emergency portals to patients is crucial and highlights the positive inter-departmental work that is going on here at UHNM."

Dot Morgan-Smith, Advanced Nurse Practitioner IHT coordinator for Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, said: "To be named 'Cardiology Team of the Year' is incredibly pleasing. The department as a whole continues to innovate and improve which enables us to provide consistently high levels of care to our patients. The team is extremely popular with both patients and hospital staff. Patient satisfaction surveys were recently undertaken by all members of the team and again were highly favourable.

"This really is a whole-team effort and is a superb example of how effective and efficient work between departments can lead to outstanding results."