24th Oct, 2020

Northfield's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital shortlisted for prestigious NHS national award

THE TRUST which runs the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) in Northfield has been shortlisted for the Acute or Specialist Trust of the Year accolade at this year’s Health Service Journal Awards (HSJ).

The awards recognise the outstanding contribution to healthcare and the ROH has fought off tough competition from hundreds of other hospitals.

The judging panel, made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures from the healthcare community, sited the Royal Orthopaedic’s ambition and visionary spirit, along with the positive impact it has had on patient and staff.

ROH is ranked among the top hospitals in the NHS for patient experience and has been in the top 20 per cent in the National Inpatient Survey for the last three years.

It also always performs well in the Friend and Family Test and last year, the hospital was highlighted as one of the Trust’s that had improved considerably more than expected. It was rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Other improvements in the last two years have included reducing the number of avoidable pressure ulcers, implementing and embedding a learning from deaths culture and reducing the number of formal complaints.

The Trust is also improving financial stability year on year by maximising income and reducing costs.

It works in partnership with the National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA), the Birmingham and Solihull Transformation Partnership (STP) and the Birmingham and Solihull Orthopaedic Alliance (BSOLOA).

Organisations such as Stryker has supported it to introduce new treatments like robotic-assisted surgery and has helped optimise hip and knee replacement procedures through a ‘Jointcare’ programme.

In May 2019 work began on a new complex to provide four new operating theatres and a 23-bed ward.

People already travel from all over the UK for specialist operations at the Royal Orthopaedic and the extension will enable it to treat an additional 2,500 local patients each year.

Joanne Williams, Chief Executive at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, said she was delighted the trust had been shortlisted.

“It is a testament to the commitment and dedication of our amazing staff members over the last 12 months that we have been chosen among such wonderful fellow nominees.

“The ROH is committed to improving the care and experience for our patients and this nomination will be not only a boost to our staff but also to those continued efforts to improve our services.”

HSJ editor Alistair Mclellan congratulated The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on its nomination, adding: “The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of the finalists in this category have been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare.”

The winners, when chosen, will be officially announced at the 2019 HSJ awards ceremony at the Battersea Evolution Centre in London on November 6.

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