A programme designed to help the recovery of Intensive Care patients at Glasgow Royal Infirmary was honoured at the prestigious BMJ Awards in London last night (Thursday, 05 May).
The InSPIRE team won the Innovation into Practice Team of the Year category at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster.
Glasgow’s finalists faced competition for the award from Imperial College London/Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust; the University of Bristol; and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
InSPIRE, a joint initiative between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the University of Glasgow, is a five week rehabilitation and support initiative for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients and their families.
Dr Tara Quasim, ICU Consultant, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “Intensive Care patients can have persistent physical and psychological problems as a direct result of the intensive care stay which can impact all aspects of their life.
“Winning this award is welcome recognition of the importance of our programme in working to minimise the impact a prolonged stay in ICU can have on patients.
“Since the initial pilot started last February, the team has been developing and testing their innovation, putting it into practice, and gathering evidence about its impact and effectiveness.
“The team faced stiff competition on the night, but the judges recognised this project can change many people’s lives who have been cared for in ICU.
“I hope this high profile award will further raise awareness of the importance of navigating patients in their recovery, by giving both patients and family members access to appropriate services and support.”
NHSGGC also received a high commendation in the Prevention Team of the Year category for a project to prevent young children swallowing liquitabs - capsules of detergent for washing machines and dishwashers.
Prior to the campaign, the Royal Hospital for Children admitted nine children in one year alone who had ingested liquitabs - causing potentially fatal airway injuries.
Information packs are now delivered to families with infants - as well as cupboard catches to keep children safe. So far 16,000 have been distributed - and admissions for liquitab injuries have fallen to just one a year.