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CNWL success in HSJ's Patient Safety Awards

04 July 2019

Congratulations to the joint CNWL and UCLH team behind The Oncology Symptom Control Unit, which won the Cancer Care Initiative of the Year in this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards, held on 02 July in Manchester.

The new inpatient unit helps those with uncontrolled symptoms, such as pain, nausea and breathlessness. caused by cancer. On average, patients spend one day less in hospital when cared for at the unit.

It was set up by Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr Jane Neerkin and charge nurse Michael Thorne, to manage and review these patients, and make sure they were discharged quickly and appropriately with their symptoms controlled.

Dr Neerkin said: “It was fantastic to win this award as it we have created an innovative, cost effective and efficient model for managing inpatient cancer patients and it is really is down to all the staff who have been so supportive of it.”

Also well done to the CNWL team behind the Reducing Falls in Care Homes, which was a finalist in the Patient Safety in the Community Award.

The project was run for six months for Hillingdon Care Home staff and was jointly delivered by CNWL and Hillingdon Council.

The aim was to identify types of residents at risk of falls, types of preventive measures that can be taken, to introduce the teams involved in falls prevention and management and what to do if a resident falls.

Since these sessions, carers and care home staff across the area are more confident and equipped to help patients who’ve had a fall to such an extent that the number of falls in 10 care homes reduced dramatically and calls to the London Ambulance Service reduced by 50 per cent. 

A total of 22 winning projects were celebrated during the course of the night.