The awards roll in for expert teams across Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Staff from across the unique Birmingham and Women’s NHS Foundation Trust have been celebrating after receiving a series of awards and recognition thanks to their efforts in leading the way for patients and families.

Over recent weeks a number of prestigious prizes have been come the way of the Trust – the first of its kind in the UK – thanks to the efforts, commitment and expertise of its teams.

Staff who are part of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) were thrilled to receive the ‘Education and Training’ award at this year’s Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards for the Learning from Excellence (LfE) initiative, which celebrated organisations that put patient safety at the heart of their care.

Adrian Plunkett, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, was on hand to accept the top prize after driving forward the concept that seeks to improve resilience and staff morale by learning lessons from examples of best practice. The innovative system now forms a core part of our Safety Strategy.

The summer success continued when, Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Consultant Gynaecologist, and Dr David Lissauer, Clinical Lecturer, were given The Charles Beale Award for Policy Advancement at this year’s University of Birmingham’s Founder’s Awards for Excellence. The illustrious prize recognised the pair’s leading role in advancing research into maternal mortality reduction in developing countries – a goal identified by the United Nations.

A number of our teams were shortlisted at the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s Celebration of Innovation Awards which saw more than 300 people come together to celebrate new approaches to driving efficiency and positive patient outcomes.

Our Regional Genetics team came away with the top spot in the Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine category for their NIPSIGEN study, which looks a the clinical application of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. While our Hydration and Nutrition team, led by Specialist Nurse, Karl Emms, brought home the Patient Safety Award for their Paediatric Hydration and Nutrition Care Bundle, which contained the UK’s first paediatric hydration risk assessment.

Finally, our Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, David Melbourne, was named Key Contributor from the Healthcare Financial Management Association. The important accolade was handed to David in recognition of his commitment to developing his finance colleagues across the region.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

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