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Date of release: 30 July 2021

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Anyone who is a regular reader of my blog knows I need no invitation to plug an award! So I’m more than happy to promote the second Walsall Healthcare Quality Improvement (Qi) Awards.

Improvement needs to be central to all we do, and this recent event, at the Manor Learning and Conference Centre, Walsall Manor Hospital, celebrated all the good work staff are doing.

Staff were able to view presentations as part of a virtual webcast live event, and participate and share feedback in an interactive online chat. Simultaneously, a limited capacity audience was also welcomed to attend to view poster submissions and watch the screening.

A total of 73 posters were entered, from many different departments and specialties, which is testament to the variety and amount of Qi activity taking place, in spite of the challenges faced amid COVID-19. The top 12 entrants were also given the opportunity to submit oral presentation videos supporting their projects.

In first place was ‘Opiate Appropriate’ by Maria-Eleni Zioupos, SHO Junior Doctor, the runners-up spot went to ‘Diagnosis and management of IDA’ by Fred Wyn-Griffiths, FY2 Junior Doctor, and in third was ‘Post-natal contraception on maternity ward’ by Tanya Grainger, Senior Sister.

The next five highest scoring posters in the Best Poster Prize category were as follows:

  • ‘Improving clarity of frailty discharge information’ by Dr Elizabeth Bentley
  • ‘Increasing Student Placement Capacity Through the CLiPP Model’ by Lorna Kelly 
  • ‘Oxygen October’ by Catherine Firmstone 
  • ‘QI Project Registry’ by Tom Johnson and Richard Pearson 
  • ‘COVID Pandemic: Maintaining Regional Anaesthesia Teaching for Trainees’ by Sarah Birch

One of the most sought-after awards, the Steph Clarke FY2 of the Year award, was set up in memory of a much-loved Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust junior doctor who died from a rare form of cancer in 2019. Foundation Year doctors now vote to award a prize to the most professional, supportive and patient-orientated FY2 to both recognise and commemorate Dr Clarke’s contribution to healthcare in Walsall.

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Twenty nominations were received this year and the award was presented to Dr Nimai Desai, a 27-year-old currently working in General Practice at Walsall Manor Hospital, and who received eight nominations in total. His colleagues describe him as a “very humble” junior doctor who is credited with “always going the extra mile” for patients and colleagues alike.

He said: “I am proud to have worked with an amazing team in very difficult times. This recognition is unexpected and the Qi Awards emphasises the excellent quality improvement that takes place at Walsall. It makes me proud and continues to be an inspiration.”

A prize for the most viewed poster went to ‘Oral comfort at the end of life’ entered by Lizzy Walters-Mabbott, Pippa Pinches and Sarjit Basra, and the People’s Choice award for the most voted for poster went to ‘Integrated Front Door Service’ entered by Kirsty Donaldson, Kerry Sansara and Linda Roberts.

Other awards won included the Cost Improvement award given to ‘Introduction of dedicated elderly review’, a Public Participation award for ‘Post-natal contraception on maternity ward’ and the overall winner of the Qi Awards 2021, won by Mr Thomas Moores for his presentation ‘Hip Fracture – overcoming the challenges of being an outlier’.

And to draw an inspiring and thought-provoking evening to a close, a very special award was given to Dr Hesham Abdalla, the first ‘Outstanding contribution to Quality Improvement’ award.

If you’d like to know more about Quality Improvement at the Trust, or are maybe considering entering next year, follow the team on its website at Walsall Healthcare - Quality Improvement or via Twitter @WalsallHCareIm1

Take care,

A Teaching Trust of the University of Birmingham