Pennine Acute Trust’s stroke team shortlisted for national award

Pennine Acute Trust’s stroke team shortlisted for national award
11 April 2016

THE stroke team at Pennine Acute Trust has been shortlisted for the Specialist Services award in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

The team, which is based at Fairfield General Hospital, has made the shortlist for its centralisation of the Trust’s stroke service on the Fairfield site in Bury.

The team were centralised at Fairfield 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 one of the best performing hyper-acute stroke units in the country according to Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) data gathered by the Royal College of Physicians. 

The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2016 seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS.  They recognise excellent use of resources and look for examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes. 

For the specialist services category they are looking at service improvement which has benefited clinicians, healthcare organisations and patients alike.  There should be innovative methods of delivering care and a patient-focused approach, with service users engaged in any redesign.

The overall winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony on 24 May in Manchester Central.

Dr Khalil Kawafi, consultant stroke physician and stroke lead, said: “The full implementation of centralisation of stroke services to the Fairfield site coupled with the launch of the seven day hyper acute service locally and across Greater Manchester in April 2015 has resulted in our excellent SSNAP performance over the last nine months .Pennine has been awarded a grade A service and for six months had the best figures in the UK.

“This award nomination is testimony to the hard work, passion and dedication of the multidisciplinary stroke team at Fairfield. I would also like to acknowledge the support and cooperation of our colleagues in general medicine, A&E and radiology as well as the matrons, site managers and bed managers without whom this award would not have been possible. The challenge now is to maintain performance and to prepare ourselves for the future advances in stroke medicine, such as the implementation of an intra-arterial thrombectomy service across Greater Manchester.”

Professor Matthew Makin, executive medical director at Pennine Acute said: “I have been hugely impressed by how this team works; they embody the Trust’s values of quality-driven compassionate and responsible; everything they do is focused on improving things for patients and they always seek to learn how they can make their service even better for patients. I visited the Stroke team and they are a shining example of what can be achieved by clinical teams when they work together with an absolute focus on excellence.”