Newcastle Hospitals Charity is delighted to have partnered with the recent ‘Q Factor’ awards at Newcastle Hospitals. This partnership includes a prize pot of £1,000 for the winner(s) of the awards, plus £500 each for runners-up, to help them further develop their projects.
The Awards are organised by the Trust Clinical Audit and Guidelines Group and Quality and Effectiveness Team, in partnership with Newcastle Improvement. They highlight the excellent work that happens throughout the Trust to deliver in-hospital and community quality improvement. This can include improvements in patient safety and experience.
Finalists were picked from a shortlist spanning a whole range of disciplines across the Trust, with the top applicants being invited to present their work to a panel of judges – one of whom was Newcastle Hospitals Charity Director, Teri Bayliss. Professor Sir John Burn, Chairman at Newcastle Hospitals, was on hand to give out the prizes and congratulate the winners.
This year, the Q Factor winners were:
- Orlaith Kilgann, Emma Hargreaves, and Suzanne Venazza (below) – “Reducing the referral to treatment time for the overactive bladder acupuncture clinic, using the model for improvement”
Emma Hargreaves, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and part of the winning team said:
“The consequences of living with a continence problem are often hidden but can have devastating effects on people’s lives. Funding is sometimes hard to attract to these services so raising awareness is very important and the Q Factor Award has helped us to do this. We hope to use the prize money to fund a presentation of the project at an international conference.”
- Dr Yincent Tse (below) – “Childhood UTI Service Transformation 2022”
- Dr Jason Gandhi (below) – ‘Water whilst you Wait”, improving pre-op fluid intake
- Dr Joe Berry (below) – “Digital Handover: Improving transfer of care with the Electronic Health Record”
- Dr Keir Pickard (below) -“Risk stratification reduces length of stay and duration of antibiotics in febrile neutropenia”
80 staff from across the Trust attended the Q Factor awards ceremony. It is hoped that this staff attendance will encourage the learning and quality improvements from the awards to be further circulated across departments – as well as potentially sparking inspiration for the 2024 awards!
Congratulations and well done to all involved.
Newcastle Hospitals Charity has committed £10,000 towards a long-term partnership with the Q Factor awards, running from 2023 – 2025.