University Hospitals of North Midlands scooped two awards at the prestigious HSJ Value Awards last week. The Mechanical Thrombectomy team walked away with the 'Specialist service' award and the 'Improving the Value of Surgical Services' award. In total UHNM had six teams who were finalists in nine of the 20 categories, making the Trust one of the most successful at the 2018 awards.
The pioneering Mechanical Thrombectomy treatment was the first of its kind in the UK and has been providing a crucial service to patients in Staffordshire since 2009. The procedure involves carefully removing the clots from deep within the brain, using a 3ft-long wire. A stent at the end of the wire envelopes the clot and pulls it out, allowing blood to flow freely to the brain. UHNM has the largest patient population treated by mechanical thrombectomy in the UK and has a dedicated team providing the service to patients round the clock.
Dr Sanjeev Nayak, Consultant Neuroradiologist, said: "I have to pay testament to the whole team here at UHNM for their hard work and support, which has enabled us to consistently deliver this service. So many people from so many different teams, including A&E and Imaging, play a big part in the outcomes for patients, which can be transformational. We have been a pioneer for this revolutionary treatment and the fact that we've played a part in changing national practice and helped drastically improve the outcomes of numerous patients since 2009 is extremely pleasing."
Dr Changez Jadun, Consultant Neuroradiologist, said: "Everyone in the team have worked hard over the past decade to launch and consistently deliver this service. We are very grateful to all the colleagues we have worked with across many clinical areas during this time. This treatment has helped so many patients who otherwise would have had either not survived or would have required constant care. The fact that many walk out of the hospital and home to their families is a credit to all the clinical teams at UHNM."
Deonne Lee, Professional Head of Imaging, said: "My team take great pride in the way we support Mechanical Thrombectomy. The Imaging team at UHNM are hugely dedicated and we're delighted that the work of everyone involved in Mechanical Thrombectomy has been recognised in these two awards."
The HSJ judges opinions stated:
HSJ Award for 'Specialist service' category: "This winning entry showed an impressive example of actual implementation, local leadership and persistence. The judges were impressed by the presenters great passion and enthusiasm and particularly by the example of clinical ownership which showed great perseverance in the face of challenges to implementation."
HSJ Award for 'Improving the Value of Surgical Services' category: "The judges feel that this winner is a pioneering development of the trend towards minimal invasive procedures. The presentation displayed outstanding outcomes for patients including dramatic reductions in mortality and an increased rate of discharging patients straight to home."
The full list of UHNM finalists:
- Adult Critical Care Unit - A Transformation Program - Acute service redesign category
- Mechanical Thrombectomy in Stroke, Produces Improved Clinical Outcomes and Cost Benefits - Acute service redesign category
- Cardiac Rehabilitation at the Heart of Patient Success, Clinical support services category
- Review of employing medical students as medical assistants in A&E - Emergency, urgent and trauma care category
- Savings to the Health Economy, Introduction of Mechanical Thrombectomy, a new minimally invasive surgical technique - Improving the value of surgical services category
- National Deconditioning Awareness and Prevention Campaign: Sit Up Get Dressed Keep Moving - Improving value in the care of frail older patients category
- Mechanical Thrombectomy in Stroke – Produces Improved Clinical Outcomes and Cost Benefits - Specialist services category
- Electronic Meal Ordering System, Saffron - Value and improvement in facilities and estates management category
- Review of employing medical students as medical assistants in A&E - Workforce efficiency category