‘Best Anaesthetic Team’ in the UK named

The anaesthetic team at Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend (Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board) was named Anaesthetic Team of the Year in the RCoA-sponsored 2017 BMJ Awards at a ceremony in London last night.

The team, led by ODP Paul Harris, Dr Shakeel Moideen and nurse Rose Edwards won the award for their ‘SPA Experience’ programme.

The programme focuses on Soothing Patient Anxiety in preparation for surgery.

Everyone faces some stress and anxiety when going to hospital for an operation, but it is immensely more challenging for those with learning disabilities or mental health challenges.

The team at Princess of Wales have developed the SPA Experience program to help patients who are unwilling or unable to go under a general anaesthetic due to anxiety.

By understanding the unique challenges faced by each patient, the team is able to tailor their pre-operation approach to reduce their anxiety.

Some of the simple but innovative approaches include providing toys and playing music as distractions, keeping patients away from crowded corridors, and providing the anaesthetic in a different environment.

The approach has reduced referral to treatment times from two years to two months and cancellations and postponements of operations are down.

Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said:

“Paul, Shakeel and the whole anaesthetic team at Princess of Wales Hospital are leading the way in patient-centred care and are playing an important role in supporting their patients before, during and after surgery.

“The ‘SPA Experience’ demonstrates how delivering individualised patient care throughout the perioperative pathway can significantly improve outcomes.

“I congratulate the entire team on this well-deserved success and for the excellent patient care they continue to provide. They are role models with the imagination and enthusiasm to help ensure our speciality continues to find new ways to improve the quality of anaesthetic care."

About the BMJ Awards:

Started in 2008, The BMJ Awards are the UK's leading medical awards programme, recognising and celebrating the inspirational work undertaken by clinicians and the teams they work with. The award recognises an innovative project in the field of anaesthesia which has significantly improved the quality of patient care.

The other shortlisted teams included:

  • Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust – ‘Enhanced Recovery After Surgery +’
  • West Suffolk Hospital (West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust) – ‘Perioperative Medicine Drives Quality Improvement’
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital (Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust) – ‘Children’s Perioperative Medicine’

We congratulate all teams that entered for the Anaesthesia Team of the Year and look forward to growing the numbers of entries for 2018.

For more information about Princess of Wales Hospital programme:

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board News: http://bit.ly/2p9FjCk
Barry Today: http://bit.ly/2p1n1rV
Cowbridge Today: http://bit.ly/2pcJJsQ

For more information about West Suffolk Hospital programme:

West Suffolk Hospital News: http://bit.ly/2pcEcmk
Bury Free Press: http://bit.ly/2pcIF8x
Suffolk Free Press: http://bit.ly/2qvEGrG

For more information about Central Manchester University Hospitals programme:

Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust Website: http://bit.ly/2pJHBtT
NHS Innovation News: http://bit.ly/2pCyIDS
Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust News: http://bit.ly/2pcGkKP

05 May 2017

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