1 April 2015
A Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust consultant was last night awarded the title National Innovator of the Year at the National NHS Leadership Recognition Awards.
Dr Gillian Halley, consultant in paediatric intensive care, was presented with the award at the ceremony in London for her work on the Trust’s unique web-based “Hospital to Home” pathway.
The pathway is designed to support technology-dependent children who require long-term ventilation to be safely discharged from hospital sooner, by making sure the correct steps have been put in place so they can be cared for in their own homes.
Dr Halley, the director of "Hospital to Home", was one of 11 finalists in the National Innovator of the Year category. She had previously been named London NHS Innovator of the Year at a ceremony last November.
Commenting on the national award, Dr Halley said: “I was delighted to win. I see the award as recognition of the hard work and commitment of the entire ‘Hospital to Home’ team.
“The 11 finalists in the category had all been recognised as winners at regional level so I was surprised to be selected from such a strong field.”
The "Hospital to Home" pathway facilitates complex discharge processes, providing secure communication across different hospitals and between hospital and community professionals through a shared central computerised programme.
The pathway has led to children in London, who are cared for by the Trust’s long-term ventilation service, being discharged after an average of three months, rather than the national average discharge time of seven to nine months.
This local success paved the way for the Trust to receive funding to roll "Hospital to Home" out nationally in 2013, providing support and training, and housing and social care advice to reduce avoidable delays in hospital discharge.
Dr Halley’s award comes just a week after the Trust was granted £365,000 from NHS England’s Integrated Digital Care Technology Fund to develop the pathway to allow adult patients who have experienced a prolonged stay in intensive care to be safely discharged from hospital sooner.