DSAA shortlisted for prestigious HSJ Award

September 17, 2015 by Tracy

HSJ-Awards-2015--finalist-logoDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been shortlisted as a finalist at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, in partnership with Celesio.

The HSJ Awards is the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.  The awards were created in 1981 to recognise on a national platform, the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation. By shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and best practice, the awards give impetus to improving the quality of health care in the UK.

This year, over 600 organisations submitted over 1600 entries. Those shortlisted will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector.  These include:

  • Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
  • Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety, NHS England
  • Ursula Ward, CEO, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust
  • David Haslam, Chair, NICE
  • Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, MacMillan Cancer Support
  • Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Gill Morgan, Chair, Foundation Trust Network

TrainingDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been recognised for the initiation, development and delivery of a unique Post Graduate Education Programme for their paramedics.  Funded entirely by the Charity and run in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and senior doctors and consultants from local hospitals; the initiative sees the Charity become a finalist in the ‘Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development’ category.

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: “The NHS is experiencing one of the toughest periods in its 67 year history, with demand and expectation rising and funding in short supply. The fact that the HSJ Awards has seen the biggest ever increase in entries shows the service remains undaunted in its mission to provide world beating patient care."

Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as finalists in this particular category and at a national level.  Training and Education forms a cornerstone of the Charity’s vision for the pursuit of clinical excellence.  We feel that the future benefit for our patients, is best served by investing directly in those charged with the delivering the clinical care.Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

“The unique element of this programme is the fact that the education and training is delivered on-site at the Charity’s airbase and not in the University classroom. Through this mechanism we have now established a group of highly enthusiastic paramedics and doctors who help deliver the training both at the airbase, on the helicopter and within their own trusts.

“Our aim was to motivate the paramedics and other stakeholders in our pursuit for clinical excellence. The project was ambitious and took ingenious planning.  We identified the needs of our patients given the change in the healthcare landscape and instead of embarking on an already established University course; we created something totally unique, of which we are extremely proud.”

The HSJ Awards will be presented in front of an audience of more than 1700 senior healthcare leaders on 18 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

For more information on all those shortlisted for the 2015 HSJ Awards, please visit their website by clicking here.