Healthcare trust secures two awards

A HEALTH trust has won two regional awards for improving the quality and safety of patient care.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was praised for its work to reduce infections following operations while chief executive Jim Mackey was recognised for his leadership of improvements across the north east.

In addition to leading developments in the trust, Mr Mackey has motivated and encouraged organisations in the north east to improve as part of his role over the last three years as chairman of the patient safety strategic forum.

He said: “I am delighted to receive the leadership award, however, it’s a team effort and the improvements are testament to the commitment and dedication of staff and organisations across the region.

“We have taken great strides to reduce our surgical-site infections in recent years and are pleased to receive this award.”

The trust has significantly reduced the number of infections among patients having orthopaedic surgery.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mike Reed, surgical-site infection lead at the trust, said: “We are delighted to win this award which recognises the hard work of our staff to significantly reduce the number of surgical-site infections.

“It is great credit to the whole team who have made this happen over the last few years.

“We are the busiest unit in the region for joint replacements so having a low infection rate is very important to us.”

“We are sharing this story with colleagues from around the country at a study day next month.”