Pennine Acute Trust’s Ebola response group recognised in Patient Safety Award

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Pennine Acute Trust’s Ebola response group recognised in Patient Safety Award
27 November 2015

A SPECIALIST team set up at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to help respond to and tackle the threat of treating patients with possible Ebola has won the Patient Safety Award 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 Patient Safety Award, sponsored by Weightmans Solicitors, is about improving patient safety and recognises employees who have put patient safety at the heart of what they do.

At a special final awards ceremony at the Sheridan Suite in Manchester, BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, announced that the Ebola task and finish group had won the award.

Exercise Serpent was set up in November 2014 in response to the spread of Ebola through West Africa and the possibility that the virus could potentially be present though high risk patient admissions. Various work streams were identified to prepare for any such admissions, and a multi-disciplinary team task and finish group was established.

Further work was undertaken by infectious diseases to agree a Greater Manchester pathway for all Ebola patients to be directly admitted to the North Manchester General Hospital infectious diseases unit, which was identified by Public Health England as leading best practice nationally.  The personal protective equipment (PPE) risk assessment and training package developed by Claire Chadwick and Helen Riley from the infection control and prevention team has also been shared with Public Health England and other Trusts regionally, and identified as best practice.

Since then eleven high risk patients have been admitted, assessed and safe care provided within the unit, avoiding potentially unsafe A&E admissions elsewhere.

Dr Katherine Ajdukiewicz, infectious diseases consultant from the Ebola task and finish group said:

“The Ebola team was delighted and proud to win the Trust award for patient safety.  It was a fantastic evening with the hundreds of staff present creating an atmospheric celebration of the outstanding achievements of the many teams present. In common with all the other staff attending, it was a pleasure to be recognised for our achievements in such a lovely setting after a very serious year of treating and caring for our patients.

“The Ebola team consists of medical, nursing, pathology, management and emergency planning staff and  we were so pleased to receive the award for our work on Ebola and have the opportunity to recognise the achievements  of all the teams who were represented at a very well organised and happy evening of celebration.”  

Presenting the awards, TV news presenter 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 Ebola team receive the patient safety award from chairman John Jesky, chief executive Dr Gillian Fairfield, Bill Turnbull and Mark Hatfield from Weightmans Solicitors.