Fairfield General’s Stroke Team named as winners of Pennine Acute Trust Chairman’s Award for Living our Values

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Fairfield General’s Stroke Team named as winners of Pennine Acute Trust Chairman’s Award for Living our Values
27 November 2015

THE Trust’s stroke services team at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury were chosen as the winner of the Chairman’s Award for Living Our Values at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust sixth annual staff awards event.

The Staff Awards 2015 consisted of 12 categories which recognised the very best of patient care, dedication and innovation across the Trust’s four hospital sites, community services and its 10,000 staff.

The award seeks to reward an individual or team who have reflected the Trust values and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to deliver high quality – driven care; being responsive to individual needs and preferences and open and honest with service users and treat everyone with care and compassion.

At a special final awards ceremony at the Sheridan Suite in Manchester, BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, announced that the stroke services team had won the award.

The team were centralised at Fairfield General Hospital in November 2014.  This was a clinically led decision which brought with it a lot of benefits for patients, their relatives and the Trust.  The service was reconfigured from a three site model to a one site model and this enabled staff to expand the thrombolysis service from 7am until 11pm and to provide a seven day hyper acute and rehabilitation service for all stroke patients.

Fairfield’s specialist stroke unit is now the best performing hyper-acute stroke unit in the country according to Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) data gathered by the Royal College of Physicians.  The SSNAP Clinical Audit data for April to June 2015 shows the stoke unit achieved an ‘A’ rating for nearly all measures with a total team rating of ‘A.’

Dr Khalil Kawafi, consultant stroke physician and stroke lead, said:

“Being presented with the 2015 Chairman’s Award for Living our Values whilst at the same time being recognised as the Trust Overall Winners is a truly fantastic achievement for the stroke service who have worked tirelessly over the last 18 months transforming themselves, redesigning and centralising the service on to one Pennine Acute site for the benefit of all stroke patients in the North East Sector of Greater Manchester. 

“We have a 28 bedded hyper-acute ward/acute ward and two 20 bedded acute/stroke rehabilitation wards which offer access to the full range of stroke multi-disciplinary therapy.  By redesigning the service to meet patient needs we are now working across the full 7 day week with stroke patients being cared for by stroke consultants, specialty doctors and stroke specialist nurses.” 

Presenting the awards, Bill Turnbull, said:

"I was delighted to be part of the Pennine Acute Trust's annual staff awards. Such awards are a lovely way to recognise and thank local NHS staff and volunteers who really work hard to provide exceptional care to patients in their communities, often under pressure and huge demands. Presenting the Trust’s awards gave me a real insight into some of the great work taking place at Pennine's hospitals and out in the community."

The event was fully paid for and supported by a number of sponsors including: Weightmans Solicitors, Mitie, Vinci, Roche, G4S and Corporate Design Company. Trophies sourced by Lennard Trophies.

Pictured: Staff from the stroke services team receive the Chairman’s award for Living Our Values from chairman John Jesky and TV news presenter Bill Turnbull.