King’s Mill Hospital foot care team collect top award

Pictured from left: Professor Devaka Fernando (Consultant Endocrinologist), Andy Fisher (Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist), Elaine Higgins (Diabetes Specialist Nurse), Jane Thompson (Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist), Pam Kirby (Diabetic Foot Coordinator), Clare Singh (Specialist Amputee Rehabilitation Physiotherapist), Mr Khalid Makhdoomi (Vascular Surgeon). Missing from the photograph are Kalani Mortimer (Consultant Microbiologist) and Mr Irfan Aktar (Consultant Vascular Surgeon)
Pictured from left: Professor Devaka Fernando (Consultant Endocrinologist), Andy Fisher (Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist), Elaine Higgins (Diabetes Specialist Nurse), Jane Thompson (Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist), Pam Kirby (Diabetic Foot Coordinator), Clare Singh (Specialist Amputee Rehabilitation Physiotherapist), Mr Khalid Makhdoomi (Vascular Surgeon). Missing from the photograph are Kalani Mortimer (Consultant Microbiologist) and Mr Irfan Aktar (Consultant Vascular Surgeon)
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Specialist nurses working in diabetic foot care at King’s Mill Hospital have been awarded one of the UK’s top nursing prizes at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2011.

They gained joint second place for the Infection Control category for their work at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH) in developing initiatives aimed at preventing or minimising the spread of MRSA infection to patients with diabetic foot problems.

The British Journal of Nursing Awards 2011 highlight and celebrate the clinical excellence and innovation of the UK’s nurses in a range of clinical areas. They are a chance for nurses to demonstrate their commitment to their work and achieve the recognition that they deserve.

The Diabetic Foot Team comprises of multi-professional staff from SFH, including physiotherapists and consultants in diabetes, vascular surgery and microbiology, along with specialist podiatrists from County Health Partnerships.

Their winning entry was based on interventions that improved basic infection control measures, strict adherence to antibiotic protocols, and the introduction of nurse-led ward rounds to ensure a close eye was kept on inpatients and that plans of care were followed.

These combined measures resulted in a huge reduction in the numbers of diabetic patients with MRSA infection, resulting in a huge achievement of a full year without any cases of this type.

The award judges were hugely impressed with their entry, which showed that the team were committed to eradicating MRSA infections in diabetic patients who have complications with their feet.

The team was presented with their award at a black-tie dinner at the prestigious Landmark Hotel in London on 25 March, hosted by Dr Christian Jessen (Embarrassing Bodies, Channel 4), with Sir George Castledine and Dame Christine Beasley.

Susan Bowler, Executive Director for Nursing and Quality at SFH, said: “This is fantastic recognition and well deserved by some of our outstanding members of staff who have shown dedication and innovation in their work.

“It is a true reflection of effective partnership with colleagues from County Health Partnerships and is just one example of the excellent care provided by both our organisations for the local population”.