06 Jul 2016 Lymphoedema Network Wales scoops national Patient Safety award
Lymophoedema Network Wales, based in Cimla Hospital, has beaten off competition from across the UK to scoop a national patient safety award.
Clinical lead Melanie Thomas and her team impressed judges at the 2016 Patient Safety Awards for the work they've done in collaboration with NHS Wales Procurement Services, the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory, clinicians and service users. It has enabled the development of an all Wales compression garment contract and a national formulary for Wales. This has ensured that garments being procured and dispensed are the right products for the best outcome and at the right price. It has also reduced waste, harm and variation and ensured prudent prescribing and procurement.
The work led to the netowrk winning the Procurement patient safety award, with Mel and her team beating off stiff competition from trusts in Derby, Hertfordhsire, Nottingham and the North Midlands.
Four ABMU health board projects were also shortlisted at the awards, held in Manchester - more than any single health organisation.
The Chemotherapy Day Unit at Singleton Hospital and the Sarcoma team at Morriston were both finalists for the Cancer award category. Princess of Wales Hospital Elderly Care advanced nurse practitioner Wendy Mashlan was a finalist in the Clinical Leadership category and Medical Devices/Infection Control and Morriston Emergency department were also shortlisted for the Procurement award.
Many congratulations to all!
Image: Mel and her team accepting the Procurement award.