Community Hospitals Association Awards

Date: 05 January 2021

Virtual judging of the Community Hospitals Association’s 2020 Innovation and Best Practice Awards took place on Friday 4 December, and we are proud to announce that two wonderful SCFT projects were recognised in the Innovation and Best Practice Relating to COVID-19 category: 

  • Highly Commended – Improving rehabilitation services for patients through the implementation of Bitesize Training and improved multidisciplinary team (MDT) working across four intermediate care units – submitted by Steffi Bailey, Physiotherapy Inpatient Clinical Lead
  • Joint Winner – Training multi-professional staff at pace during a pandemic, to deliver a competent and confident redeployed workforce for our community hospitals – submitted by Sandra Speller, Professional Head of Therapies 

The judging panel were particularly impressed with the quality of the work submitted and the calibre of presentations, especially given the impact of the pandemic on community hospital teams.

Highly Commended

Helen Jones and Steffi Bailey, Clinical Leads

Steffi’s Bitesize Training submission detailed the introduction of a six week rolling programme on the principles of rehabilitation for staff on our inpatient units, including certificates and Rehab Champion badges for everyone who completes the training. The programme was praised by the judges as a “wonderful resource…bridging the gap between nursing and therapies all for the benefit of the patient”.

Our Inpatient Therapy Operational Lead Katie Myers was delighted by her team’s success: “Many team members have helped design, deliver and develop the programme. It aims to improve patient experience and independence by building a cohesive MDT on the wards through increased knowledge of the rehab ethos and practical day and night application. We plan to keep improving it too, using feedback from the Healthcare Assistants and patients.”

Joint Winner

Sandra Speller, Professional Head of Therapies

Sandra’s winning presentation outlined the rapid rollout of training to staff redeployed to our community wards during the first wave of the pandemic.

“I was so impressed with how we were able to pull together a huge suite of training resources for staff that were going to be redeployed during the pandemic that I wanted that work to be recognised and shared,” Sandra explained. “The application focused on the work of two of our therapy Clinical Skills Facilitators, Scott Cassidy and Fiona Napier, who single-handedly produced over 20 training videos for staff in a week, although this is an award for a truly multi-professional effort at a very challenging time for everyone.

“Fiona and Scott rose to the occasion, and were a real support to staff who were often being asked to undertake tasks with patients that they had never done before. Their calm and reassuring manner was commented on in much of the feedback we received, and I am so pleased this hard work and professionalism has been recognised with this national award. I would like to thank the Community Hospitals Association for this opportunity to share our work, and for their ongoing support of community services.”

Fiona Napier and Scott Cassidy, AHP Clinical Skills Facilitators

Fiona and Scott were also keen to highlight the amazing teamwork that contributed to the win.

“Creating the COVID-19 training resources in such a short time was only made possible by an incredible team effort,” Fiona confirmed. “It was a real privilege to work with so many members of staff across different teams from Therapy Assistants to Senior Executives. I’m really proud this training helped to give reassurance to staff during redeployment, and that our resources will continue to be used to support skill development.”

“Winning the award is great recognition of all the hard work put in by the MDT in such a short time,” Scott agreed. “I was so proud to be able to support our redeployed colleagues and very pleased that staff found it so useful and reassuring.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the brilliant SCFT staff who contributed to the winning projects; they are true examples of excellent MDT working, encompassing nursing, therapies, project management, education and training, and digital innovation.

Follow these links for Steffi and Sandra’s award submissions in full: