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Team Of The Year Award

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Winner: The Young Oncology Unit, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The support needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer, both in hospital and post-treatment, were not being met within the adult environment in Manchester

Winner: The Young Oncology Unit, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The support needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer, both in hospital and post-treatment, were not being met within the adult environment in Manchester.

The Young Oncology Unit (YOU) team sought out patients who were inappropriately placed in adult wards and moved them to their specialised unit. Bed occupancy increased from 35% in 2000 to 71% in 2005 and, over the same period, the number of nurse-led day cases more than doubled.

The team also enabled patients and former patients to set up the Christie Crew – a patients’ group led by YOU staff, which developed a comprehensive support and activity programme for young patients.

The judges said that the YOU team made sure that everything they did revolved around the patient. ‘If you could package the unit as a pill – that enthusiasm and determination – it would provide a state-of-the-art cancer service for all patients,’ they enthused.

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Highly commended

The Beaumont College Continence Team, the Scope-Beaumont College, Lancaster
This team developed a truly integrated, cross-sector, interprofessional continence service for young adults with learning and physical disabilities and complex needs. The service now achieves a smooth transition between paediatric and adult services and genuinely improved independence for young people in relation to their continence status.

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Finalists

The Back to Basics Team, Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust
The team identified issues and challenges regarding the culture on one ward, particularly through complaints about nursing attitude and behaviours, staff turnover and sickness. The aim of this project was to look at patient-led improvement of fundamental aspects of care, improving ward culture and communication strategies.


The Mental Health Services for Older People Team, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Working across four day hospitals, the team has worked to provide streamlined and consistent standards of care for older people with mental health needs. It has introduced new care pathways for its client group, sought to address the diverse needs of a significant population of black and minority ethnic groups, and developed locality-based services for rural communities.

The Peripatetic Team (Promoting Community Inclusion for People with Learning Difficulties), Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Following the closure of two day units, this team set up a peripatetic service that allowed individualised programmes of daily activities for people with learning disabilities.

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Judges

- Rachel Downey, editor, Nursing Times
- Phil Hemmings, deputy editor, Nursing Times
- Gail Adams, head of nursing, Unison
- Anne Moses, chairperson, Nursing Sector, Unison

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Sponsored by Unison

Unison is delighted to be supporting the 2007 NT Awards. Every day, our members are making an outstanding contribution to patient care and patients value and recognise this. As an organisation, Unison is keen to work in partnership with major stakeholders in health, such as Nursing Times, to promote excellence in nursing and to encourage evidence-based nursing care. That is why we have chosen to support this year’s team of the year award. This award is open to any member of the nursing family, whose contribution – no matter how big or small – has made a real positive difference to the team and/or patient care. www.unison.org.uk

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