Respiratory teams at Royal Derby Hospital and Queen’s Hospital Burton have been presented with their trophies and certificates after winning one of our Outstanding Contribution Awards at this year’s Annual Making a Difference Awards.
The teams across our acute hospitals have been at the forefront of our response to Covid-19 in what has often been a rapidly changing set of circumstances in order to provide the best care possible to our patients while keeping our colleagues safe.
Our teams have cared for patients with the virus on our wards and implemented new treatment methods for patients with Covid-19, including the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) in our High Dependency Unit to reduce the amount of patients that needed to be placed on a ventilator among a host of other innovations.
Our ImpACT+ Service, which is a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) consisting of respiratory consultants, specialist nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, offering on-going support and care to respiratory patients in the community, also developed a virtual ward model, enabling respiratory patients to continue to receive the physical and emotional support they needed when they weren’t able to attend our hospitals. The team was recognised nationally in 2020 when they won Respiratory Care Initiative of the Year at the HSJ Value Awards as well as being shortlisted for the national HSJ Awards in the same year.
It wasn’t just ImpACT+ who received national recognition, as our Respiratory Infection Team were crowned winners of the British Medical Journal’s Respiratory Team of the Year in 2020 for their work in improving care for patients with community acquired pneumonia and reducing the time these patients spent in hospital if they were admitted with the condition. The team has also been shortlisted for the Respiratory Nursing Award in this year’s Nursing Times Awards.
Chief Executive Gavin Boyle presented the teams with the award in person at Royal Derby Hospital and said: “The pressure on the team during the pandemic has been immense. I remember observing CPAP and seeing how incredibly demanding it was, and the things you have done have meant that families are now in a better place because of your care.
“I can’t imagine how difficult it has been, so this award is a way of saying thank you from me and on behalf of the whole Trust – although I’m not sure there’s a way we could express our gratitude to you fully for the truly incredible things you have all done.”
Jenny Deakin, General Manager of Specialist Medicine Business Unit 1, said: “I’m incredibly proud of everyone working within the Business Unit. It is fantastic that our Respiratory team has been awarded with this Outstanding Contribution Award; it’s been an incredibly challenging period but the way all of our teams have worked and continue to work together to provide the best care possible for our patients is nothing short of amazing.
“All of our teams are winners and it is fantastic to see Respiratory recognised in this way. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work, commitment and compassion throughout some of the hardest times we have ever known in the NHS. Your work and care has been humbling to see.”
Lauren Collins, Senior Sister on Ward 404 at Royal Derby Hospital, said: “It’s lovely that the teams have been recognised in this way, and it has given everyone a real sense of pride. I would personally like to thank all of my colleagues who have tirelessly and supported each other no matter what has come our way and continue to do so. I’m so proud of everyone.”