OD Project of the Year – Enteral Feeding tube Project, The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Congratulations to Wendy Lanham, Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Dietetics team: Emma Craig, Lydia Fletcher, Sadie Chentouf, Tanita Manton, Jennie Dunwoody and Selina Archer at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability who were awarded the winner’s trophy for OD Project of the Year.

Due to the specialist nature of The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, their patient population has a high ratio of people requiring enteral feeding (90%).

In April 2017 a Project commenced looking at how enteral feeding tube management could be improved, including reducing admittance to the nearest acute hospital, St George’s, which for the patients, who can also have complex communication needs, can be distressing.

Wendy Lanham joined the organisation as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and worked alongside the Dietetics Team and with Ward champions to bring about a sustainable change to how they care for patients and residents in this area.

This Project has had a critical impact on the quality of care they are able to give, with the admissions to acute Hospitals and ward incidents relating to enteral tube care complications reducing by a third.

The project has also seen new guidelines embedded, and an increase in both capability and confidence in managing in this specialism.

Fellow finalists for this category were OD and Leadership Team, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Matthew Darlow and Megan Darnell, Leeds TH

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