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Prestigious national award for Sherwood Forest Hospitals

Posted Friday, November 23, 2018 3:31 PM

Prestigious national award for Sherwood Forest Hospitals

The Learning Disabilities team at Sherwood Forest Hospitals are celebrating after scooping a coveted Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award on Wednesday 21 November at the Intercontinental O2 in London. 

The HSJ Awards recognise the most outstanding contributions of staff and organisations to the NHS and healthcare, and are the most prestigious healthcare awards in the calendar.

The Learning Difficulties team won in the Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information category for their work improving how the Trust cares for some of their most vulnerable patients - those with learning disabilities and autism. The team has worked with partner organisations to identify people with these needs before they come into contact with the hospital, allowing the Trust to make sure they are communicated with appropriately, and to implement any plans to can make sure their care journey is as easy as possible. 

Suzanne Banks, Chief Nurse for Sherwood Forest Hospitals said:

“We are just so proud of the team and the work that they do for our patients with learning difficulties and their families – who we know are amongst the most vulnerable that we come into contact with. These patients deserve the exact same level of care that we would expect everyone else to get – and this vital work is helping us achieve that.

“Congratulations to the team for this hugely deserved recognition.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said:

“Congratulations to Sherwood Forest Hospitals on winning the Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information in the face of stiff competition from other entrants. In this historic year for the NHS we were inundated with applications demonstrating continued determination to deliver first class healthcare, harnessing the latest innovations while ensuring value for money. Sherwood Forest Hospitals impressed our judging panel with evidence of their enduring commitment to excellence in healthcare.

“I hope that Sherwood Forest Hospitals will be a source of inspiration for teams across the country as they seek to innovate and improve service provision. The HSJ Awards continue to be the gold standard awards programme in healthcare and I’m confident this award will be a tremendous boost to everyone at Sherwood Forest Hospitals.”

The award wraps up a stellar few weeks for the team which also won two awards at the recent Sherwood Forest Hospitals Staff Excellence Awards, including the overall Chair’s Award for Excellence.