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UHNM shortlisted for trio of national awards

Patient care and experience at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

UHNM had finalists in three categories at the recent Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA).

Dr Apurna Jegannathen, Consultant Clinical Oncologist was shortlisted for awards in the ‘Commissioning for Patient Experience’ and ‘Intogrationa and Care’ categories for her role in improving holistic patient care at UHNM’s Cancer Centre.

UHNM’s Stroke and Therapies Enhanced Discharge Team were finalists in the ‘Patient Experience Manager of the Year and Patient Experience Professional of the Year category for its Therapy Enhanced Discharge (TED) project, an initiative to help get patients discharged quicker by proving therapy support at home.  

Ann-Marie Riley, Chief Nurse at UHNM said: “I’m extremely proud to have had three nominations at this year’s Patient Experience Network Awards and I would like to thank our incredible staff involved for their hard work and dedication to our patients.  We aim to provide our patients with the best possible care and environment during their hospital stay and being recognised at PENNA is testament to that.”

Planned improvements to UHNM’s Cancer Centre have been supported by Dr Jegannathen’s involvement with her patients. This involved including them in surveys and listening to feedback on what would improve their overall experience whilst receiving treatment.  

Therapy Enhanced Discharge (TED) has so far seen almost 20 medical patients discharged early since its launch earlier this year. It aims to support patients and speed up their recovery at home through providing services such as washing, dressing and meal preparation.  

This year’s PENNA awards ceremony was held at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Campus.