T7 on shortlist for Kate Granger award 

20/08/2015 00:00 
The nursing team on Ward T7 have been shortlisted for an NHS Employers Kate Granger Compassionate Care award. They were nominated for their project Mealtimes Matter, which has helped improve the experience of patients on the acute elderly medicine unit at mealtimes.

The team were just one of five teams, seven individuals and six organisations shortlisted from the 98 entries to this year’s awards.

The shortlisted entries are now with Dr Kate Granger who has the unenviable task of deciding an overall winner from each category.

Matron Josie Gladney said: “Four out of 10 older people admitted to hospital are malnourished on arrival. Patients over the age of 80 admitted to hospital are twice as likely to become malnourished than those under the age of 50. The patient population on T7 is frail elderly with complex medical issues and multiple co-morbidities and so it has the highest number of patients that require help to eat and drink.”

The aims of the Mealtimes Matter project is that staff consistently ensure that all their patients are getting the help they need to eat and drink and to improve the patient’s experience of mealtimes by making it a pleasurable unhurried experience.

The introduction of the Mealtimes Matter project has also consistently resulted in a score above 90 per cent for patients reporting they received the help they needed with their meal and protecting mealtimes from non-urgent activity.

Deputy chief nurse Eamonn Sullivan said: “The T7 team’s work around mealtimes, dementia, carers, patient safety, individualised care and visible leadership is renowned across the organisation… they are the ‘go-to-ward’ for mealtimes and more.

"They are well-led, highly motivated and doggedly determined team - who simply don’t take ‘no’ for an answer when it comes to quality care and who are willing to ‘break the rules’ for our patients or staff. I am delighted their work has been recognised by NHS Employers.”

The awards will be presented at the Health and Innovation Care Expo at Manchester Central on Thursday 3 September 2015.

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