NHS staff innovate to improve patient care through projects

Volunteer First Responders trained by the IW Ambulance Service

Four Island NHS staff initiatives, to improve patient care, have been nominated for a national award.

Three projects aim to improve care in primary and community care, urgent and emergency care and the ambulance service, while a fourth has improved local training opportunities in nursing.

The Podiatry Team has upskilled staff to ensure patients’ needs were met, despite a decline in the number of trainees entering the profession. The IW Ambulance Service Integrated Critical Care Pathways Project is a cross-boundary innovation to overcome clinical, logistical and communications issues caused by working on the Island. The Volunteer Community First Responder Service trains volunteers to enhance the care provided to patients who need an ambulance. The Learning, Education and Development Team has created new career paths into nursing, meaning Islanders can train without having to leave the Island.

The projects have been put forward by MP, Bob Seely, to the NHS Parliamentary Awards, and will face regional selections before the national judging in June. Mr Seely said: “The Island’s NHS teams are constantly looking to innovate and embrace new thinking and technology. These projects highlight how dedicated NHS staff are ensuring Islanders get the best care.”

Joe Smyth, chief officer at the IW NHS Trust, said: “Our staff work incredibly hard to provide great care to our Island community. We would like to wish our podiatry, urgent and emergency care colleagues and partners, as well our learning and education team, the best of luck ahead of the national shortlisting.”