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Productive Ward wins 'lean' award

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust celebrated sucess at the Lean Healthcare Academy annual exhibition and awards this week.

The awards recognise organisations or teams that have implemented Lean to create time and cost savings, re-design pathways, improve the patient experience and save lives.

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, scooped a four-strong awards windfall.

The trust lifted the Organisation of the Year award for its Transformation Programme, while its Productive Ward facilitation team took the Productive Series award.

Lean Healthcare Academy manager Wendy Gauntley said: “The awards present an opportunity to celebrate the success of the teams and individuals who are spearheading Lean implementation and making real improvements to their entire organisation.

“With 26 active members and three regional centres, the Lean Healthcare Academy has gained national recognition and is now recognised as one of the leaders in its field. We have trained more than 2,000 people, including 111 Lean Champions, among other products we offer seven core workshops and e-learning modules, and we have undertaken more than 150 improvement projects. We continue to expand and champion Lean as a solution to the many challenges facing the NHS.”

The awards day also featured an exhibition involving all shortlisted entrants, supported by interactive workshops and opportinuites to network, allowing delegates to share knowledge and experiences with fellow health and social care professionals, and to learn how other organisations are meeting national targets and working towards patients’ demands for an increasingly higher level of service.

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