5 July 2018
A team from the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust has won the BIR/IEL Make it Better Award for their work on improving the throughput of patients by developing a radiographer-led discharge plan. The award was presented at the UK Radiology and Oncology Congress in Liverpool on 2 July 2018.
Victoria Ballard, Lead Advanced Reporting Radiographer and Katharine Day, radiographer from Royal Sussex County Hospital received the award from Maryann Hardy, Professor of Radiography and Imaging Practice Research, University of Bradford and BIR Vice President (Education) and Phil Neale, (Senior Account Manager from award sponsor IEL Ltd).
The team used existing research on radiographer-led discharge (RLD) to tailor a pathway to meet local needs and comply with Trust guidelines. The scheme was trialled and demonstrated a significant time difference between those patients who were and weren’t referred for RLD of 55 minutes. Not only did this improve patient experience but allowed for an improved flow and heightened job satisfaction among the radiographers involved. Patient evaluation reflected that 96% of patients were either likely or extremely likely to recommend the service and 100% of patients wanted to continue with the trial.
To find out more about the award click here.
Image: Left to right Professor Maryann Hardy (Vice President Education, BIR), Katherine Day (Imaging department Innovation Acceleration Programme Manager), Victoria Ballard (Lead Advanced Reporting Radiographer Practitioner) and Phil Neale (Senior Account Manager, IEL Ltd).
Phil Neale (Senior Account Manager, IEL Ltd)