Ambulance service shortlisted for awards

A PROJECT to help 999 patients receive quicker care for minor wounds has reached a crucial stage in a national awards scheme.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has been shortlisted for its wound closure training in the 2013 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards innovation category.

More than 400 patients received wound closure care in 2013/14 thanks to the extra training paramedics received to use a special glue on cuts and wounds, which can mean patients do not need hospital treatment. The project was funded by Commissioning for

Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) money from commissioners.

Trust Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh said: “It’s fantastic news and I’m very proud of what the team have been able to achieve so far. Giving the best care to patients in innovative ways is very important for our paramedics, so I hope the judges recognise this and the nomination is progressed further.”

Leanne Sheppard, CQUIN Project Manager, has worked on the project for the past two years: “I saw the HSJ awards as a perfect opportunity to showcase the hard work undertaken by our frontline staff.

“I feel extremely proud of all involved and to be shortlisted for this award is a fantastic achievement and a true reflection of the dedication of frontline staff who have given their time, expertise and passion to this project.”

The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. A successor to the HSJ Efficiency Awards, the scheme continues to recognise excellent use of resources but also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.

The shortlisted organisations, chosen from a record number of entries, will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up senior and influential figures from the health sector.

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