The emergency department at East Surrey Hospital, run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH), has been shortlisted in the Clinical Leadership Category of the BMJ Awards 2015.
In their seventh year, the BMJ Awards recognise the dedication, talent and care provided by a wide range of specialist teams from across the UK.
The East Surrey Hospital emergency department team nomination acknowledges the successful development and performance of the team in improving safety and care of patients by extending the skills and range of specialists in the team.
Dr Julian Webb, lead consultant for emergency medicine for SASH said:
“We are really pleased to have been shortlisted – the work of all members of the team has moved the emergency department at East Surrey Hospital from being seen as one of the worst in England to being seen as high performing and consistently in the top 20% of hospitals the country.
“The efforts of clinical leaders in developing their specialist teams and in listening to our patients and implementing new ways of working have made a difference and we see the positive impact of this in the comments we regularly receive from patients and through the patient Friends and Family Test where we are in the top 10% nationally.”
The next stage for the team is a presentation to the awards judging panel, in London, on 24 March with the winners being announced at the BMJ Annual Awards 2015 event taking place at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster on 6 May (2015).
Michael Wilson, chief executive, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said:
“I am proud of the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of the emergency department team and the difference this makes to the people we care for.
“At a time when there are real pressures on emergency departments across the country it is vital that we continue to provide high quality care and that we also develop and improve how we deliver this care.”