RJAH shortlisted for prestigious award for second consecutive year

Release Date: 06/09/2018

RJAH shortlisted for prestigious award for second consecutive year

Staff at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) are celebrating after being shortlisted in the Trust of the Year category of the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards for the second year running.

The HSJ Awards are one of the largest celebrations of healthcare excellence in the world, recognising and promoting the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcasing them to the service’s most influential leaders.

The recognition for the Oswestry-based hospital comes for its continuous work around ‘Caring for Patients, Caring for Staff, Caring for Finances’.

Highlights from the past year at RJAH include the sensational Patient Recorded Outcome Measures (PROMs), showing the Trust to be delivering greater health gains for hip and knee replacement patients than any other specialist orthopaedic provider, maintaining low infection rates, with no MRSA bacteraemia since 2006 and low surgical site infection rates, as well as launching a £1.5 million fundraising campaign to build the UK’s first dedicated Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre, after the Trust signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Trust also performed more hip and knee replacements than any other specialist provider in the last year.

The HSJ said this year there was a “staggering increase” in entries from all over the NHS and wider healthcare industry – totalling more than 1,500, so commended RJAH for being shortlisted.

Mr Pete Gallacher, Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon, said: “It’s really pleasing that for the second year running we’ve been shortlisted for Trust of the Year. I’m delighted that our incredible PROMS results have contributed to this, as these results really emphasise the high quality of care we deliver at RJAH.”

Sue Sayles, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse, said: “I’m delighted that we are in the running for Trust of Year once again. Our low infection rates provide reassurance to our patients and relatives that they are receiving high standards of care in a clean, safe environment from all staff across the Trust.”

Lee Osborne, Transformation Lead and Project Manager for the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre Appeal, said to be shortlisted for the second year was a “fantastic achievement”.

He said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve once again been shortlisted, as Project Manager for the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre Appeal, it feels particularly good that the launch of our fundraising campaign has been highlighted as one of our key milestones over the past 12 months.

“Until now veterans’ provision has been lacking across the whole NHS, but it’s something we want to address with this service, by providing specialist orthopaedic care to our veterans and serving military personnel. Our veterans absolutely deserve this service at a leading orthopaedic centre of excellence, which is what we are.”

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Intercontinental London Hotel on 21 November.

Bev Tabernacle, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive at RJAH, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that all our hard work has been recognised by the HSJ’s shortlisting panel.

“In the last few months we’ve had some fantastic patient feedback, including us being named as one of the best hospitals in the country for overall patient experience in the CQC's Adult Inpatient Survey.

“We aren’t complacent though, and are currently working to improve some of our processes, including developing our STAR (Sustaining Quality Through Assessment & Review) process, which is the assessment we use at RJAH to test the quality of patient care but also management structures and innovation.

“I am immensely proud to call myself Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive at this special Trust, and hope the judging panel agree.”

Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive at RJAH, added: “To be shortlisted for a second year running in the HSJ Trust of the Year category is a fantastic achievement, and one which every member of staff should feel very proud of.

“There have been a number of key achievements throughout the Trust over the past year and I’m thrilled the HSJ have picked up on those, so now our fingers are crossed for further recognition by hopefully taking home the title of Trust of the Year. Our amazing staff certainly deserve that.”

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