Posted on: 6 May 2022

“Improvement in healthcare is 20 per cent technical and 80 per cent human.” - Simon Edwards, Clinical Lead for the Improvement Academy

CNWL’s first annual Improvement Awards was held today (Friday 6 May) to celebrate new initiatives that make practical improvements to healthcare services.  

28 teams from across the Trust entered the awards competition, each submitting a poster to showcase their improvement work. The top five entries received an Improvement Award and trophy presented by Dr Cornelius Kelly, CNWL’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Sponsor for the Improvement Academy.

The winning teams joined us at the celebration event to present their improvement projects and demonstrate their criteria for success. The full winners list is announced below.

During the event we were joined by guest speaker Janet Seale, who took us through her journey with CNWL as a service user and carer representative, and how to establish meaningful involvement and co-production. “For us it’s personal - the services and treatments you provide all have a direct and fundamental effect on our lives and the people we care for. We are experts by experience and bring solutions that can help projects succeed,” she said.

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Congratulations to all the winners, see copies of the presentation slides below. 

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Alison Butler, Director of Improvement and CNWL’s Lead for the Academy, said:

“I’d like to congratulate all the teams that have submitted improvement posters for this month’s Improvement Academy Awards. Thank you for taking the time to create these together with your teams and following the Academy ethos of All Teach, All Learn!”

The five winners are:

Poster Title Presentation Slides Service page
Easing the pressure: Taking time out for reflection to engage staff and improve care Milton Keynes District Nursing Service Milton Keynes DN Service
Happy Documentation at Kensington and Chelsea CAMHS Kensington and Chelsea CAMHS Kensington and Chelsea CAMHS
SECURE STAIRS: Embedding trauma-informed culture in a YOI HMYOI Feltham 

(Mental Health and Primary Care Service)

HM YOI Feltham

Improving medication administration at HMP High Down by reducing the number of missing medications on House Block 6 HMP High Down 

(Mental Health and Primary Care Service)

HMP High Down

Lifestyle interventions to reduce significant weight gain on Nile Ward PICU Nile Ward (St Charles Hospital) Nile Ward

The runners up are: 

Poster Title Service
Reducing self-harm on Willow Ward Willow Ward
Reducing the number of patients on the caseload not contacted for 45 days or more North Westminster CMHT
Redesign of Community Pulmonary Rehab Service Milton Keynes Pulmonary rehab Service
Beyond Was Not Brought: An Agile Quality Improvement Project Bucks Priority Dental Service
QR Technology for Medicines Information CNWL Pharmacy Team
Improving the recognition of a deteriorating patient using the NEWS2 Digital App Kershaw Ward
Reducing the number of patients on GP waiting list and the wait time to be seen at HMP High Down  HMP High Down
Using QI methodology helped increase the rate of domestic abuse screening in the Surrey HIV service Surrey Sexual Health Service

You can read more about the launch of the Improvement Academy here.

All the entries for the awards are here