14 March 2014
Community Support Workers based at Newton Community Hospital’s inpatient unit have been named Team of the Year at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Annual Staff Awards. The event took place at Haydock Park Racecourse on Wednesday 12 March.
The team started a new project in November last year to provide extra support to any vulnerable patients from St Helens borough after their discharge from Whiston Hospital. The aim of the project was to help reduce hospital readmissions through visiting patients in their own homes and ensuring all their needs were catered for. In the first five months of the project, the team has prevented 62 vulnerable patients from being readmitted to hospital. The team of nine deliver the service seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.
Bridgewater Chief Executive Dr Kate Fallon said:
“I am immensely proud of all the winners and finalists at this year’s Bridgewater’s Staff Awards. Over the past year they have all demonstrated a real passion for providing and supporting the delivery of quality patient care.
“The Community Support Workers at Newton Community Hospital have been recognised as Team of the Year for their outstanding contribution to frontline services. The team have built up excellent relationships with teams across Bridgewater, other NHS Trusts and community organisations to ensure they can provide appropriate referrals for their patients so they get the right support to keep their recovery on track. Their hard work has also helped to reduce the winter pressures on Whiston Hospital.”
Jayne Gore, Ward Manager at Newton Community Hospital, who nominated the team added:
“I am delighted Newton Community Hospital’s Community Support Workers have won this award. They have really stepped up to the challenge since November and despite their workloads increasing, they have done a very successful job keeping many patients in their homes and out of hospital.”
The panel chose the Community Support Workers at Newton Community Hospital’s inpatient unit as this year’s Team of the Year from a list of worthy finalists. Finalists included a Community Matron Team based in Warrington and an Admin and Clerical Team within the Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service based in Runcorn.
Bridgewater was also recognised by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for the work it has carried out to manage its carbon footprint and energy consumption as well as the commitment it has shown to recycling waste.
After a rigorous external audit by independent body ISOQAR, Bridgewater was presented with the UKAS accredited ISO 14001 certificate at the awards ceremony by ISOQAR’s Operations Director Steven Moss.