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Newcastle Regional Sleep Team Win National Award

Monday, 12 November 2018 09:03

Image: OHH Integrated team winners 2018.The Newcastle Regional Sleep Team from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been named Our Health Heroes winners in the Integrated Team category for their commitment to their patients.

 


The awards celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK, including those working in the NHS, who go above and beyond in their roles every day.

Organised by Skills for Health, the National Skills Academy for Health and headline sponsor Health Education England, the annual national awards – now in their third year – celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK, including those working in the NHS, who go above and beyond in their roles every day.

Healthcare professionals submitted more than 480 nominations across seven award categories, including 150 in the hotly contested Integrated Team Award.

The Newcastle Regional Sleep Team grabbed the judging panel’s attention because of their work with a high caseload of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), which can present as excessive snoring and interrupted breathing at night.

There has been a sharp increase in new cases from 900 in 2009 to 2,000 in 2017 and the team now has more than 8,000 long-term patients using the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure mask (CPAP) and machine treatment for OSA.

With no additional resources or personnel available, the multi-professional sleep colleagues have been responsive, innovative and flexible to ensure that patients continue to be seen in a timely manner and receive high-quality care.

In addition to filming an informative video ‘OSA: Its Impact and How It Can Be Treated and Controlled’, they have also redesigned the way they investigate OSA. Now, patients can take home a sleep recorder on the same day as their clinic visit, which has reduced hospital visits and the time it takes to complete the initial case research.   

They have also created and published the findings of a four-week ‘Fast Track’ Sleep Service for vocational drivers, to ensure prompt investigation and treatment to minimise the impact of OSA on work.

Sophie West, one of the four consultants in the Newcastle Regional Sleep Team, said: “We are delighted with this award which recognises the hard work and commitment of the whole sleep team.

“We strive to provide excellent care for our patients and it is great to be able to celebrate this. Thank you for selecting us as Our Health Heroes.”

John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said: “For the third year running I’ve been taken aback by the quality of the nominations we have received for the Our Health Heroes awards.

“The Integrated Team Award was our most popular category for nominations, which just goes to show that healthcare professionals like those who make up the Newcastle Regional Sleep Team are regularly going the extra mile.

“Congratulations to the whole team on being named winners; this award is a testament to their hard work and dedication.

“I’m very much looking forward to meeting them and our other award finalists in November and celebrating all of our winners.”

The shortlisting panel, who had the difficult task of choosing the winners in seven categories, included representatives from Skills for Health, the National Skills Academy for Health and headline sponsor Health Education England.

It also included category sponsors NHS England, NHS Improvement, UNISON and Health Education England – North, which is made up of the South Yorkshire Regional Excellence Centre, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre and the Humber, Coast and Vale Excellence Centre.

Kirk Lower, National Lead for Apprenticeships and Widening Participation for Health Education England (HEE), said: “Support workers and apprentices are a key part of the healthcare workforce and, through our Talent for Care programme, HEE supports employers with their workforce supply.

“This is achieved via school engagement, volunteering, work experience, pre-employment activity, apprenticeships and access to higher education and the registered professions.

“As the main sponsor for Our Health Heroes 2018, we congratulate everyone who is on the shortlist; it is clear from the high standard of nominations that both apprentices and support workers continue to play a vital role in delivering safe and compassionate care for all.”

The winners of the Integrated Team of the Year will be presented with their award, alongside the winners of the other six categories, during an award ceremony on Friday 23rd November 2018 at London’s OXO Tower.