Staff at Shepton Mallet Hospital shortlisted for national award

Date: 20 November 2015

Staff responsible for developing and delivering the Mendip Early Supported Discharge Service for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for a national award for Innovation and Best Practice from the Community Hospitals Association.

Getting to this stage of awards nomination is a mark of how well the pilot has been received by patients.

The Early Supported Discharge (ESD) pilot ran for two years in Mendip, until it was rolled out in September 2015 to all eligible patients across Somerset. The pilot helped suitable stroke and patients with brain-injuries to leave hospital more quickly by providing them with their essential rehabilitation at home. The service was overwhelmingly popular with patients and carers in the Mendip pilot and its clinical evaluation showed a marked improvement in patients’ mobility and independence. Thanks to that success, due in no small way to the hard working team based out of Shepton Mallet Community Hospital, the service is now available to many more patients right across the county.

Edward Colgan commented on the news of shortlisting and said:

“I am delighted that the Mendip team delivering the Early Supported Discharge Service has been shortlisted for this national award. It really is testament to the excellent patient care they deliver each and every day.

“The Mendip pilot showed how patients have a better experience when care is delivered out of hospital and closer to home. We know that patients recover more quickly when rehabilitation takes place in their own home.

“I want to thank our staff involved for their continued hard work over the two years of the pilot. As a consequence of their success, the service has been extended across the county and is now available to all eligible patients in Somerset who have suffered a strong or a brain injury. This award is due recognition for  excellence and innovation in patient care.”

The next stage of the award involving making a presentation to the judging panel. This takes place next month. If successful, the team will travel to Bristol, to collect their award in the national ceremony on 14 May 2016.