06 May 2016 Trio of ABMU projects shortlisted for NHS Wales Awards

ABMU Health Board is celebrating after three of its projects made the finals of this year’s NHS Wales Awards.

The health board is up for the following awards:

  • Citizens At The Centre Of Service Re-Design And Delivery (supported by Wales Council for Voluntary Action) for work developing ‘Soothing Patient Anxiety’ (SPA) - a unique approach to co-production in meeting the needs of complex patients requiring surgical interventions. Princess of Wales Hospital operating department practitioner Paul Harris and his team try to take the fear out of dental work for patients of all ages by playing their favourite film or music as they go under general anaesthetic. He also has an array of props including disco lights to help make patients feel at ease.
  • Promoting Clinical Research and Application to Practice (supported by BMA Cymru Wales) for establishing a dedicated team to increase research activity in the Women and Child Health Directorate. ABMU’s first research midwife Sharon Jones, who is based at Singleton Hospital, and a multi-disciplinary collaboration have succeeded in building up knowledge and expertise to help improve outcomes and the experience of mums-to-be and their children.
  • Students Improving Patient Safety and Quality (supported by 1000 Lives Improvement Student and Educator Community) for a joint project to develop a digital data collection platform for Wales.



Director of Human Resources Beverley Edgar said:

“We are delighted our staff will be once again be recognised at the awards.

“The competition is fierce, so to secure three finalist applications is a huge success and reflects the hard work and determination of these teams. We hope they get the recognition they deserve at the ceremony.”

The annual NHS Wales Awards celebrate the work of organisations and teams across Wales in delivering excellent care and the winners will be announced in a ceremony on 23rd September.

This year the Awards received 167 entries and the judging panel of NHS experts had the tough task of selecting the 24 finalists in eight award categories.

The next stage is for the judging panels to visit each finalist to find out more and see first-hand the benefits they’ve brought to patients.

The NHS Wales Awards are organised by 1000 Lives which is the national improvement service for NHS Wales delivered by Public Health Wales. They were launched in 2008 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

For a full list of finalists please visit www.nhswalesawards.wales.nhs.uk

Images: Left (Staff nurse Rose Edwards, Paul Harris and consultant anaesthetist Shakeel Moideen, part of the Spa – Soothing Patient Anxiety- team making each patient’s hospital visit a pleasant one.)

Right (Research midwives (from left) Helen Davies, Sharon Jones and Trudy Smith at Singleton Hospital)


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