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Hospital children’s teams shortlisted for prestigious national health award

Teams caring for children at The Royal London Hospital are up for a prestigious national health award.

The play and paediatric liaison teams have been shortlisted in this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards following the success of a ‘heroes’ project which has boosted the confidence of children and young people with chronic illness.

The project helps them to discuss as a group how the challenges of their illness makes them feel, and share ways to cope. In doing so, they recognise personal strengths and celebrate each other’s bravery as true heroes. The session ends with each awarded a certificate of achievement and a shiny cape to cement their ‘hero’ status.

Clinical teams have found that children and young people report feel less alone, and are more understanding and willing to accept treatment. The project has also reduced feelings of anxiety and depression in parents and carers.

Jennie Robertson, Clinical Psychologist at Barts Health NHS Trust said: “It is fantastic to have been shortlisted for the HSJ award. We’re passionate about this project and about supporting the children, young people, and families we work with. We hope that we can continue to deliver this group and to bridge the gap between physical and psychological health, which are inextricably linked.”

The project is one of a record five at Barts Health NHS Trust shortlisted in the competitive national Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards, with six teams also up for a Nursing Times award.

Each year, NHS teams across the country compete to be recognised in the awards which celebrate those at the top of their game. Each award highlights groundbreaking achievements, in areas including innovation, research, safety and compassionate care. With more than 1,500 entries it’s a record-breaking year for the HSJ awards.

For Barts Health, being shortlisted in so many categories shows the progress being made on its improvement journey to be rated as good and outstanding by health regulators the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Trust teams up for HSJ awards, which will be announced on 21 November, include:

a sexual health service helping men who have faced abuse

improving the health of local communities by securing employment

treating emergency patients in their own homes which is saving the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds (in partnership with London Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service)

The eye treatment centre at Whipps Cross Hospital

The play and paediatric liaison teams at The Royal London Hospital

Barts Health also has teams shortlisted for the prestigious Nursing Times awards. These include The Royal London Hospital’s work to reduce violence by supporting victims of knife and gun crime, and the Trust-wide work to use a mobile app called the Perfect Ward to easily keep a check on the quality of care for patients. Also up for the awards, which will be announced in October, are two teams who have gone above and beyond to reduce infection, respiratory nursing, learning disability nursing and clinical research nursing.

View the full list of shortlisted categories at the HSJ and Nursing Times.

Winners will be announced by the HSJ on the 21st November 2018, and by the Nursing Times on the 31st October 2018.