On 21 November, the 2018 HSJ Annual Awards ceremony was held at the O2, and Kingston Hospital was announced as winner of the Improving Outcomes Through Learning and Development category, in recognition for the new Physiological CTG and Human Factors training developed by the Maternity Unit at Kingston Hospital. Following an exhaustive judging programme Kingston Hospitalscooped one of the coveted prizes at the world’s largest healthcare awards events which featured 1,500 entrants across 26 categories.
After being announced as a finalist in early September following a rigorous shortlisting process, Kingston Hospital presented their programme to a judging panel of senior and influential figures from the health sector, who made the final decision.
HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: “Congratulations to Kingston Hospital on winning the Improving Outcomes through learning and development in the face of stiff competition from other entrants. In this historic year for the NHS we were inundated with applications demonstrating continued determination to deliver first class healthcare, harnessing the latest innovations while ensuring value for money. Kingston Hospital impressed our judging panel with evidence of their enduring commitment to excellence in healthcare.
“I hope that Kingston Hospital will be a source of inspiration for teams across the country as they seek to innovate and improve service provision. The HSJ Awards continue to be the gold standard awards programme in healthcare and I’m confident this award will be a tremendous boost to everyone at Kingston Hospital.”
Jane Wilson, Medical Director at Kingston Hospital said, “I was delighted to hear that our Maternity team received national recognition at the HSJ awards 2018. The team has always provided a high standard of care, but since the project started three years ago, we have seen a sustained reduction in Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (brain damage due to lack of oxygen in labour) and early neonatal deaths. Our team developed and delivered a specific training programme, identifying a different way of reading the CTG and combined this with Human Factors training. These improvements make a real difference to families. The contribution of the whole Maternity team and their enthusiasm resulted in this fantastic outcome.”