Northern Trust win Innovation in Care Award

The Northern Trust has been awarded the regional HSC Safety Forum Innovation in Care Award. The award recognises the impact made by the introduction of a new sticker checklist for the surgical pathway.

The Safe Transitions in Care Checklists (STICKs) aim to improve continuity of care and improve the efficiency, communication and documentation of the surgical ward round. It involves the implementation of sticker checklist at three key points; 1) post admission, 2) weekend handover and 3) preparation for safe discharge.

It was developed by two doctors in their first foundation year, Dr Aidan Bannon and Dr David Holmes along with Dr Conor McCann and supported by Ms Eunice Minford, Consultant Surgeon.

The data and results demonstrate a markedly sustained improvement in weekend handover documentation and all grades of surgical staff agreed that the introduction of STICKS was a useful addition to improving care.

The award was presented at the Improvement Network Northern Ireland (INNI) event on 1 December.

Dr Anne Kilgallen, WHSCT, Dr Aidan Bannon, NHSCT, Sean Holland, Chief Social Work Officer of Social Services, Department of Health, David Holmes, NHSCT and Mary Hinds, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, PHA.

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