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UHBW staff and teams shortlisted for the 2020 HSJ Awards

Last updated: 18/11/2020

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is delighted to announce that staff and teams from across the Trust have been shortlisted in two categories at the 2020 HSJ Awards, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare. 

Anne Frampton, consultant in paediatric emergency medicine and clinical lead for Transformation at the Trust, has been shortlisted in the Clinical Leader of the Year category, for her outstanding work in supporting, developing and delivering the Trust’s Quality Improvement (QI) programme. The PReCePT (Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Labour) initiative has been shortlisted for Workforce Initiative of the Year, recognising the meaningful partnership of patients, clinicians and quality improvement experts who have collaborated successfully to deliver PReCePT across England.

All members of staff involved in these nominations have been shortlisted based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that they have had on patient and staff experiences within the healthcare sector.

PReCePT is a QI initiative to increase awareness and knowledge among maternity and neonatal staff about using magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) as brain protection during preterm birth, helping to reduce avoidable newborn brain injury and cerebral palsy.

Its aim is for every maternity unit in England to adopt NICE guidance and achieve 85% uptake of MgSO4 in eligible mothers in preterm labour, and to mobilise and enable high functioning perinatal teams around the country.

PReCePT was built progressively on small, local steps at St Michael’s Hospital, then piloted in five Trusts across the west of England (the West of England Academic Health Science Network), to produce scalable and life-changing outcomes for babies and families across the entire country.

PReCePT is the first perinatal QI intervention to be scaled up nationally using the Academic Health Science Networks, mapped on to NHS clinical care networks. PReCePT has engaged colleagues from across three key professions – midwives, neonatologists and obstetricians – bringing them together to work as a unified ‘perinatal team’. This approach has been highly innovative and has helped to change the culture of care.

Dr Karen Luyt, consultant and reader in neonatal medicine at St Michael’s Hospital and PReCePT Clinical Lead:

“Traditionally perinatal clinical care of mother and baby has been specialism focused, with clear boundaries between midwifery, obstetrics and neonatology. In the first PReCePT project we worked with midwives, obstetricians and neonatal teams and learned that to achieve optimal outcomes for the tiniest babies these three professions needed to function seamlessly as one perinatal team, focused on the best potential outcome for the baby.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award to recognise the meaningful partnership of patients, clinicians and QI experts who have collaborated successfully to reduce cerebral palsy and improving the life chances of preterm babies across the nation.”

Over seven years, paediatric emergency medicine consultant Anne Frampton has led the development and implementation of UHBW’s QI strategy and programme, moving the organisation towards a culture where staff feel empowered to continuously improve.

Under Anne’s leadership, since launching the QI Academy in April 2017 over 1,000 members of staff have attended Bronze level QI training, with over 100 attending the Silver level training and a total of 42 QI projects delivered. Anne was also instrumental in the design and delivery of the Gold level which launched in 2019.

Anne has developed a focus on engaging foundation year junior doctors, creating a QI Fellow role which she coaches, to advance their own quality improvement and leadership skills. Thanks to Anne’s dedication, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children’s emergency department is now one of the most improvement-focused and committed departments within the Trust.

In addition to her clinical and transformation roles, Anne is also the co-founder of the Happy App, a HSJ award winning staff engagement tool which allows staff to anonymously submit their improvement idea and have the team manager feedback to them.

Anne said: “It was such a surprise to be nominated for this award and I am absolutely overwhelmed to have been shortlisted.

“Working with the transformation team to help set up and deliver the QI Academy has been an honour and this nomination reflects the work of the entire team and the support for this from the organisation.

“There is a real opportunity and drive within the team to develop this work further and to have been part of the start of this journey has been a privilege.”

Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual benchmarking and recognition programme for healthcare. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.

The judging panel for the 2020 HSJ Awards is made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT, Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, Black Country Healthcare FT and Caroline Beardall, Director of Workforce and OD, NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East.

The full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Awards can be found on https://awards.hsj.co.uk/2020-shortlist.

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.