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Two teams receive CHA awards

Date: 27 July 2021

SCFT staff involved in two projects that won awards for innovation and best practice amid the challenge of COVID-19 have been presented with their honours. 

They received the 2020 awards from the Community Hospitals Association (CHA) in a specially arranged socially distanced ceremony at the Kleinwort Centre, in Butlers Green Road, Haywards Heath. 

Physiotherapists Johanne Ansell and Scott Cassidy (pictured above, centre), attending on behalf of Sandra Speller, Associate Director for Allied Health Professionals, received an award and framed certificate for a training-related project that was judged joint winner. 

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Steffi Bailey (pictured below, right), meanwhile, received a framed certificate on behalf of the Inpatient Therapies Team (West) for a service improvement initiative that was highly commended.

The awards, first announced last December following a virtual judging process, were presented by CHA Director and Treasurer Richard Hallett MBE (pictured above, right), and CHA Q Project Lead and Committee Member Evelyn Prodger (pictured above and left, left). 

Evelyn said: “SCFT have a history of being CHA award winners and it is great that this has continued in 2020, the most unusual of years. 

“We really value the contribution of SCFT staff within the CHA.” 

The project submitted by Sandra’s team was entitled, Training multi-professional staff at pace during a pandemic to deliver a competent and confident redeployed workforce for our community hospitals. 

Sandra shared the work in a blog on the CHA’s website and discussed it at one of the organisation’s forums. 

Evelyn said: “It was a great exemplar of quality improvement in action in response to a pandemic.” 

The project submitted by Steffi’s team was called, Improving rehabilitation services for patients through the implementation of Bitesize Training and improved multidisciplinary team (MDT) working across four intermediate care units. 

Commenting on both projects, Evelyn said: “These two pieces of work showcase the valuable contribution of allied health professionals (AHPs) in community hospitals.” 

More information about both projects is available here in the SCFT news story published in December last year after the awards were first announced.