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Quality Improvement Awards

Quality Improvement Awards 2016 

The 2016 QI Awards categories and winners are listed below.  Further information on the 2016 shortlist is available hereVideos of the shortlisters are also available here.

Achieving Results at Scale Award

Winner! Reliable administration of Synthetic Oxytocin for the induction/augmentation of labour, NHS Ayrshire and Arran - ScaleNHS Ayrshire and Arran undertook a quality improvement project to introduce a standardised regime and guidance for the administration of the high risk medication – oxytocin – for the induction and augmentation of labour in Ayrshire Maternity Unit by June 2015.  They applied quality improvement methodology to test a new regime entailing a lower dose of oxytocin and associated guidance.  Midwives report 100 per confidence using the new regime and outcomes to date demonstrate improved compliance to the new regime, reduced risk and more positive birth experiences for babies and women.  This improvement project has been shared with other health boards.

Co-production with Families and Services Award

Winner! Understanding your child – HMP Shotts Dads Group, North Lanarkshire Council, Learning & Leisure ServicesCo-production
HMP Shotts developed an improvement aim; by June 2016, the ‘adapted’ Understanding Your Child Parenting Programme will result in 80% of the dads who attend [the weekly group] having a greater understanding of their children’s behaviour.  Using improvement methodology, the prison worked with North Lanarkshire Partnership and Getting Better Together to test and measure different aspects of the programme including, training, roles, wider networks and resources.  Through measuring attendance at a weekly group and the responses of dads, outcomes included dads having more positive relationships with their children, more discussion between dads about their children and overall, an increased understanding of their children’s needs and behaviours.  This improvement work has been shared across agencies and recognised internationally.

Inspiring Leadership Award

Winner! Anne Scott, Early Years Programme Manager, Scottish Borders Council - Anne Scott was the Early LeadershipYears Centre Manager in the Scottish Borders until her retrial in June this year.  For the past 2 and a half years Anne has project managed the development of 4 Early Years Centres in the Borders, based in primary schools in areas of significant deprivation. Through her work Anne has delivered the 4 centres and has facilitated a new way of partnership working, providing a hub for multi-agency working with the resultant improvement of services for families.  She has overcame barriers, resolved challenges and ensured broad stakeholder engagement.  Anne’s leadership has ensured that the Model for Improvement has become embedded in the work of the Centres, through supporting and encouraging staff to become involved in improvement projects, recognising the importance of improving outcomes, and evidencing these through data.

Merit Award for QI in Maternity, Neonatal and Paediatric Services

Winner! Reducing Severe Postpartum haemorrhage, NHS Lanarkshire  - Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is a Merit Maternitymajor cause of maternal morbidity and NHS Lanarkshire chose this as a priority area for their Quality Improvement work.  This included developing a PPH prevention and management bundle of care, which was tested and spread across all of maternity services in Lanarkshire with engagement from 10 community antenatal clinics, three specialist hospital antenatal clinics, four acute wards and in theatres with introduction of a standardised communication tool recognising the PPH risk assessment score. Positive results have been achieved with further areas identified to drive this work.  NHS Lanarkshire is the only Trust to adopt a whole system approach for this measure and this work has been showcased to other units and presented at national events.

Merit Award for QI in Early Years

Winner! Child Health Allied Health Professionals 0-3 years Children’s Pathway, NHS Tayside - Work has Merit Early Yearsbeen undertaken in Tayside to improve services for children who see more than one AHP, leading to the introduction of the Child Health AHP 0-3 Children’s pathway.  The aim was to reduce multiple therapy appointments for families and improve parent confidence, by ensuring that 100% of families referred for more than one service would receive a joint goal-setting session within 8 weeks of the second referral.  The work was progressed through identifying families, testing new ways of working to support shared sessions, and testing role burring between AHPs, using PDSAs  This work has led to a new pathway where the families of children with complex needs are seen jointly by AHPs in partnership, reducing the number of appointments.  This project was carried out in partnership with third sector colleagues, and has changed the philosophy of the staff.  The model has been rolled out in Angus and is now being spread across Tayside.

Merit Award for QI in Raising Attainment for All

Winner! Early Literacy, South Ayrshire Council - Principal teachers, Daniella Fulton and Karen Miller have been Merit RAfAleading a long-term South Ayrshire project to raise attainment in literacy. In recognition of research that pupils from areas of high deprivation are typically 18 months behind in vocabulary, the ultimate aim of this work was to close the gap for pupils from SIMD deciles 1 and 2 .  The project has a very clear objective: 90 P2 pupils attending boost groups in the schools will achieve their chronological reading age or above by the end of P2.  To achieve this, the project has focused on literacy within nursery, primary 1 and primary 2.

Most Inspiring or Innovative Project Award

Winner! Bannockburn High School, Raising Attainment - With a vision to raise the aspiration, confidence and Inspiring or Innovativeattainment of pupils in Bannockburn High School, this team have creatively used improvement methodology to implement a shared pupil and teacher led approach to improve the commitment to learning in school. They have coupled this work with an innovative approach to increase pleasure in reading and impacting on the literacy skills of pupils.


Outstanding Contribution to Improving Outcomes for Children, Young PeopImproving Outcomesle and their Families

Winner! Permanance and Care Excellence (PACE), Aberdeenshire Council - The PACE quality improvement work in Aberdeenshire has surpassed their original aim of 90% of children accommodated before their 12th birthday having a permanence plan within 12 months. Achieved by interdependent services working together to reduce drift and delay in permanence this work increases the chances of these children experiencing improved outcomes through childhood and into adulthood.

Quality Improvement Champion Award

Winner! Cheryl Clark, Improvement Advisor Midwife, NHS Lanarkshire is a staff midwife in NHS Lanarkshire QI Championand was appointed as the Maternity and Children’s Quality Improvement Champion in 2014.  Cheryl teaches quality improvement by example and has achieved results. She was pivotal to the NHS Lanarkshire reducing Harm Collaborative and has strengthened quality improvement in the neonatal unit.  She introduces fun and innovative ways to demonstrate data with her patient safety boards and newsletters and has created social media forums for midwives to communicate aspects of the safety work, bringing in elements of healthy competition.

Top Team

Winner! Boosting incomes for pregnant women in Leith, NHS Lothian - Setting out to boost family incomes in Top TeamEdinburgh by £250,000, the Leith Early Years Collaborative Pioneer Site exceeded their aim by using Quality Improvement to test various interventions around the uptake of healthy start food and vitamin vouchers for low income families.  The work, which started with a single midwife and woman, has boosted low income families household budgets considerably.



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