Cwm Taf University Health Board is celebrating after being selected as a finalist in this year’s NHS Wales Awards, announced today.
Its project to improve patient flow and outcomes is up for the Improving Patient Safety Award (supported by the Health Foundation).
Staff identified delays within the system and looked for ways of improving the flow of the patient’s journey in acute, community and primary care services.
This included reducing the length of time patients waited in accident and emergency, improved discharge times from hospital and daily board rounds to ensure all staff are informed about next steps needed for individual patients.
Kath McGrath, assistant director of operations for unscheduled care said: “We are delighted that work on improving patient flow within our hospitals and the community this excellent partnership work to improve directions to help patients find their way around the hospital has been recognised by the judges of the NHS Wales Awards.
“To be selected as a finalist is a great achievement and shows that Cwm Taf University Health Board is dedicated to delivering new ways of working that are transforming healthcare services for patients.”
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 July 2, 2014.
This year the Awards received more than 140 entries and the judging panel of NHS experts had the tough task of selecting the 24 finalists in each of the 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.
Each judging panel is made up of experts drawn from across NHS Wales, the public sector and professional bodies.
Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford said that the standard of entries demonstrates the professionalism, dedication and skill of NHS Wales staff.
He said, “I am always impressed with the high quality of entries to the NHS Wales Awards. They demonstrate the commitment of our staff to provide safe, efficient and compassionate care.
“This annual event is a great opportunity to celebrate excellence and showcase the talents of teams across Wales who work continuously to make improvements that benefit patients in hospital and the community.
“I would like to thank everyone who entered and wish good luck to all those who have made the finals.”
The NHS Wales Awards are organised by 1000 Lives Improvement, part of Public Health Wales, which supports organisations and individuals to deliver improved health, healthcare outcomes and user experience in NHS Wales.
They were launched in 2008 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.
The winners of the NHS Wales Awards 2014 will be announced in a ceremony at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
For a full list of finalists please visit www.nhswalesawards.org.uk
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