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Another Two National Awards for Quality Improvement

Monday, November 27, 2017

Two Glasgow teams who provide care for babies and children have been honoured by each receiving an award at this year’s Quality Improvements Awards 2017. 

The Excellence for Quality Improvement in Maternity, Neonatal and Paediatric category was awarded to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit team at the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC).  The team have reduced ventilator associated pneumonia by 78%, improving the quality of care delivered to ventilated children in Intensive Care. 

Separately, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Neonatal Unit was awarded the Top Team accolade for their Helping us Grow Group (HUGG) which has significantly enhanced parent and family engagement and involvement in their baby’s care. 

Kevin Hill, Director of Women and Children’s Directorate said:  “We are delighted to have received these two awards which highlights the work our staff are doing is making a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children, young people and families.  

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our staff involved.” 

The Quality Improvement Awards are designed to celebrate innovative quality improvement work that is strengthening support and services for families across Scotland, helping ensure every child has the best possible start in life and can reach their full potential as they grow up. 

The awards were open to those delivering quality improvement work through the Maternity and Children’s Quality Improvement Collaborative (MCQIC), run by Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC), run by the Scottish Government. 


Notes to Editors

Excellence for QI in Maternity, Neonatal and Paediatric - Royal Hospital for Children

Staff in the paediatric intensive care unit at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow have been working hard to reduce the incidence of ventilator associated pneumonia among children in its care. 

An improvement project involving medical, nursing and education staff was undertaken which included a video and e-learning package, one-to-one lectures and assessment for nurses. 

This included testing process changes and monitoring the impact of this through data collection. The initial aim of the project was to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in ventilator associated pneumonia among children.  

Through consistent effort, embedded practice and ongoing quality improvement within the unit, a 78 per cent reduction has been achieved.  

With a sustainable and scalable model now in place, there is scope for other clinical teams to benefit from this quality improvement project. 

Top Team - Royal Hospital for Children

The Helping Us Grow Group (HUGG) is a unique collaboration of staff and families at the neonatal unit within Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.  

Parents wanted to be more involved in their child’s care and, in response; the team designed, tested and evaluated a unique model of family integrated care, built around staff and parent engagement.  

As a result of developing and trialling new innovations and applying quality improvement, while continually listening to parents and reviewing practice, the entire team is now fully engaged with families, and they have created a new connected and collaborative culture in their busy neonatal unit. 

HUGG’s unique approach is improving the experience of families of sick children, helping to meet long-term health and wellbeing outcomes, and inspiring change in teams throughout the UK. 

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

Pic:  (Left to right) Lorna Aitken, Staff Nurse and Jennifer Sim, Senior Staff Nurse on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit pick up the Excellence for QI in Maternity, Neonatal and Paediatric Award

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Last Updated: 27 November 2017