The finalists for the 2018 Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards have been announced. The Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle were inundated with stories of incredible care and treatment across our two cities. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 24 October.
The Hillview Family Practice team was brought together by the practice manager to help turn a failing practice around. Through individual flair and enabling patients in one of the most deprived practices in the UK to take more responsibility for their health, this team has achieved amazing results in a short space of time.
The St Michael’s Surgery excels as a team as well as individuals. They bring expertise and passion for improvement, all the while thinking outside the box and bringing ideas to the table in order to add to the already outstanding contribution they make to their patients.
Widcombe Surgery is loved by all its patients and has received 5 stars in the NHS choices survey. It often performs well in the customer surveys matching or bettering the national average. They are dedicated to performing as efficiently and as well as they can.
James Henderson is the only surgeon in the region offering a full range of hand and wrist surgery from wrist arthroscopy to microsurgical reconstruction. He has established and maintains Southmead Hospital as a European Hand Trauma Centre as well as training up and coming doctors.
Sadik Al-Hassan is not only a pharmacist but a local Councillor and the Manager of Well Lodgeside as well. He works hard to improve health provision for his local community. Sadik's personal impact on patients is widely known in the area and as the friendly face at the local pharmacy he gives out plenty of useful and life changing advice.
Working across four practices, Val Denton ’s passion is patients and getting them to the right people at the right time. She is a Heath Navigation Champion who has created an innovative appointments system that works for everyone and can be adapted to any practice. She has been responsible for turning doctors lives around, giving them time to see patients, deliver great patient care and ensure they are never feeling overwhelmed with work.
During her 15 years at the Bath NHS foundation Trust, Yvonne Pritchard has made an outstanding contribution to patient care on a daily basis. Yvonne expertly leads and manages her team under immense pressure and with minimal resources yet still finds time to be hands on with delivering patient care.
Loneliness is creating the pressing need for a new, creative approach to support isolated local people. This led to the launch of Community Navigators Bristol in September 2017. Community Navigators Bristol is the very first Bristol-wide service to provide frontline services that directly tackle loneliness and isolation. It’s unique for its personalised, holistic approach to addressing this issue.
Lifeskills – Learning for Living has helped around 175,000 people to live healthier, happier and more independent lives. Aimed at primary school children, people with learning difficulties, older people and professionals working with 0-5 year olds the service provides life-long skills designed to increase confidence and encourage people to do more. Lifeskills is the only place where you can learn skills to help you recognise risk and deal with difficult situations, by actually experiencing them.
Positive Minds are there to listen to their clients individual needs and to help make sense of what is in your head. They help to their clients to cope with every day difficult situations. They help with integration of the the community and help bring similar like-minded individuals without judgement.
Amanda Simpson , who has mild learning disabilities, has been a volunteer with Bristol community health now for two years and has worked in a variety of different settings and roles. She has volunteered with the Macmillan Rehabilitation and Support Team phoning service users to remind them to attend the Support Group, and at the Urgent Care Centre and Walk in Centre, making sure that people feel welcomed and safe in what can be quite a stressful environment. Amanda is a vital cog within the system.
Errol Campbell has worked tirelessly for several years, using his own time and sometimes money to hold awareness events to inform Black and Minority Ethnic Men about their risks of Prostate Cancer. He held the first event back in 2009 after seeing several close friends and family die of prostate cancer, only then to be diagnosed with the disease himself. On his best friend's deathbed, he promised to do something to help others.
Tony Wilson , aged 81, volunteers for Bristol Older People’s forum and Independent People and Community Navigators Bristol. He is an outstanding person who lives his beliefs. He’s worked hard to overcome health problems and succeeded in getting his diabetes blood count down through exercising and improving his diet. He never ceases to believe in the essential goodness of people, giving back in so many ways.
Community Navigators Bristol team work tirelessly to make the experience for their clients as personalise and as effective as possible. The navigators work one-to-one with people to gain a deep understanding about what matters to them, and share real-time information about what’s on locally. They help sort out barriers to getting out, link people up with local services, and even go along with the person the first time they try something if they lack confidence.
Great Western Heart Starters is a training programme for school pupils in years 8-10. Their vision is to create a region of heart starters who can confidently administer CPR and use a defibrillator should they ever find themselves in a situation where it’s needed as those moments are so crucial. They are creating more and more lifesavers in Bristol and Bath everyday.
Southmead Hospital Charity supports Southmead Hospital, Cossham Hospital and the community health services of North Bristol NHS Trust. They fund new specialist equipment, ground-breaking medical research, enhancing the clinical environment and projects that support staff and patients. They have raised and donated millions of pounds in just the last year and are now funding their second surgical robot.
The Staying Steady strength and balance classes are run in conjunction with Bristol City Council Public Health, with the aim of reducing the rate of older people being admitted to hospital, social care or a care home after a fall. The objective of the class is to reduce and prevent falls by delivering an evidence based class to improve strength and balance in a community setting. This will in turn increase physical activity amongst older, frailer people, reduce social isolation and improve their well-being as well as reducing costs to the health and social care system.
Amelia Nutt Community Nurses consist of over 250 staff member, all dedicated to provide healthcare and support to housebound patients in their home 24/7, 365 days a year. They work in partnership with local healthcare professionals to improve the health and independence of patients. They have been nominated for their hard work and dedication in making such a positive difference to patients in South Bristol.
Teamwork is key with the Great Western Air Ambulances Charity . The team needs to be working together as one in order to carry out their varied tasks when treating a patient. They are completely focused as working as a team rather than supporting a lead clinician. Everyone has an equally important role to play, with a strong sense of interoperability between staff.
The Claverton Ward is made up of 28 staff working on the hospital’s ward means they care closely for patients both pre and post-operatively. They put patient care at the heart of everything they do - discussing treatment in clear language and ensuring that patients are involved in decisions. Ultimately, they are responsible for their safety and wellbeing on the ward.
The Bristol Community Health Bladder and Bowel Service is a nurse-led, specialist service which works to support patients with bladder and bowel problems, and promote healthy living.
Its specialist nurses work closely with community healthcare teams, GPs and professionals to run clinics across the city and support patients in care and nursing homes.
Dr Elizabeth Marks of The University of Bath has published research, bringing new hope to patients with tinnitus.
She has developed, tested and proven the effectiveness of an innovative, psychological treatment that combines meditation with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help combat the debilitating condition.
Emma Griffith at The University of Bath has been looking to improve the care experience of inpatients with a ‘dual diagnosis’ (co-occurring severe mental health and substance use problems).
Research has shown people with dual diagnosis are at 'higher risk of relapse and admission to hospital and higher mortality'. Despite this, there is a lack of staff training in specific treatment approaches and no recommended psychosocial treatment in which to train staff.
The research therefore focused on developing and evaluating a novel treatment to address this need.
Professor Alain Nogaret and Ceyx Medical - Heart failure is a big problem that affects people all over the world. About 1 million people are affected in the UK alone.
There is no cure and its progression is unpredictable and inevitable, so finding a solution is a growing area. Current technology cannot help much, so patients are encouraged to adopt a healthier lifestyle and take drugs to try to control their symptoms – for the rest of their lives.
Ceyx Medical is concerned with developing bioelectronics devices to alleviate the health problems associated with heart failure, which can include breathlessness, dizziness, a fast heartbeat, swollen legs and excessive tiredness that makes exercise impossible.
The Bristol Robotics Laboratory has led the development of a ground-breaking robotic surgery system that enables surgeons to put joint fractures back together using a minimally invasive approach. This robotic surgery system was supported by EPSRC investment and is the first robot-assisted system designed to deal with joint fractures.
PD Warrior is a new innovative exercise programme for people with Parkinson’s disease designed and developed in Australia by Specialist Neurological Physiotherapists. It is a new way of treating people with Parkinson’s moving away from the traditional methods of low intensity balance work to high effort level activity.
The programme was brought to the Bristol Brain Centre, Southmead Hospital by 2 specialist exercise instructors, with the support of Dr Alan Whone and his colleagues at North Bristol NHS Trust and Parkinson’s UK, before being expanded to Everyone Active’s Henbury Leisure Centre.
Wound Care Service has developed a new and innovative way of working. Specialist nurses now work regularly with other clinicians to share expertise and provide ongoing support and training, to enhance patient outcomes.
Introducing early comprehensive assessment and treatment plans lead to increased healing rates, improved patient outcomes and levels of satisfaction. Specialist nurses provide expert tissue viability care to patients in the community – reducing the need for secondary care intervention. Taking every opportunity to provide preventative care and educate patients, the team is reducing the occurrence of pressure injury.
The Be ManKind mental health campaign, started last year, aims to increase awareness of men’s mental health and aims to make men feel more comfortable speaking about their emotions through video interviews with nearly 40 men from across the University of Bristol. The campaign also promotes exercise and sport to combat and deal with stress and mental health during their time at university.
The Be ManKind project has had a huge success over the past two years, supported and endorsed by both the SU and the sports centres across Bristol.
The Sanctuary at St Mungo’s , was opened in April 2015 and is commissioned as part of Bristol Mental Health services. Unlike many services, The Sanctuary is open weekend nights from 7pm until 1:30am.
Over each weekend an average of 20 people visit The Sanctuary but staff want to ensure others know about this vital service. The We Hear You campaign aims to make more people aware so they can access the help they need before they reach crisis point.
The pharmacy team and branch manager at Lodgeside Surgery decided to use their strong relationship with the local patient population to intervene with at-risk patients and offer advice with regards to a Mediterranean diet. They wanted to promote the diet as a way of managing the long term risk of heart attacks and strokes versus the use of Statins.
They decided to design and produce a leaflet that detailed the Mediterranean diet and easy-to-follow advice and support in making these lifestyle changes.
The leaflet was entitled ''Eating well, Staying Well''. It also included the health benefits that can be gained by following the diet and how best to adhere to it.