The medical engineering team at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have recently been awarded an internal award. The trust Star Awards publicly recognised and celebrated the excellent services provided by staff, volunteers and fundraisers who support them. This years event was held at the Middlesbrough Hotel.
The awards covered everything from embracing technology which support patients and clinicians on the wards to the laundry and sewing room developing simple - but effective - ideas to help dementia patients was shared with an audience of around 200 people.
Competing against other nominations in the transformation category the medical engineering won the 2015 award at this year's ceremony. The award was for an individual or team who have embraced transformation to drive out waste and improve services and efficiency to make them a truly patient-centred operation despite today's challenges in the NHS.
The trust stated that the team are truly inspirational in their attitude and commitment to transformation, this team has embraced a number of initiatives including;
- Taking over first-line maintenance of some equipment
- Saving significant costs on regular equipment supplies
- Looking at disposal of assets
- Changing work patterns
- Having an equipment Amnesty.
As part of their transformation project the team have also rebranded themselves as the Clinical Engineering Asset Management team and are enthused by their recognized success, as they take the service forward whilst taking pride in being able to be flexible and accommodating in delivering an effective service towards and beyond 2020.