Date of release: 25 November 2020
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has partnered with Compton Care to win a Black Country Chamber of Commerce Business Award.
The Trust supported the Wolverhampton-based organisation as it was recognised with the Working in Partnership or Collaboration award, presented at a live-streamed ceremony.
Due to COVID-19 more patients needed end of life care and there was a rise in those who wanted to remain at home.
The Trust handed patients over on a daily basis to Compton Care, who then supported the organisation with the care needs of those patients.
Leigh Dillon, Matron for Planned Care, Adult Community, at the Trust, said: “At the beginning of COVID-19 we recognised we would have to adapt the way we deliver our services to meet demand, but also to ensure we were able to maintain a safe and high quality service within the community during very unprecedented times.
“This allowed us to build on existing professional working relationships with Compton Care and also allowed us to work collaboratively to support the needs of patients for end of life care.
“Our ambition was to support any patients wishing to die in their preferred place. Working collaboratively has demonstrated the excellence that can be achieved when sharing knowledge, expertise and skills, which enhances patient experience and outcomes and is at the forefront of all we do.
“The support from Compton Care meant we could manage the demand and all patients received the care they needed. It was a collaborative approach to support each other with the skills and demand.
“Both Planned Care District Nurses at the Trust and Compton Care have benefited from working alongside each other and have found sharing resources, processes and knowledge has enhanced staff development. We hope to continue to build on this in the future.”
Compton Care also won the Retail Resilience award, while they were shortlisted in four categories – the only organisation to do so.
Rachel Overfield, Compton Care’s Interim Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have won two awards, highlighting the hard work of all the staff here at Compton.
“Working in Partnership or Collaboration was awarded to us for our work with the NHS between March and July at the peak of the first wave of COVID-19.
“Working with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, we quickly adapted to enable more patients to access our services and to reduce pressures on acute hospital beds.
“We’ve also continued to provide urgent care for patients in their home, as well as supporting GPs and district nursing services. This expanded to supporting patients that Compton would not normally be involved with.”
This year the Chamber decided to use the awards to recognise the work of organisations who have gone the extra mile to help fight the coronavirus crisis.
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