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Hospitals rewarded for healthy attitude

13 October 2004

Hospitals rewarded for healthy attitude

ASTON BUSINESS SCHOOL (ABS) today [Wednesday 13 October] showed its gratitude to three local hospitals by presenting each with a cheque for £150.

David Willey from Birmingham Children's Hospital, Mary Jordan from University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) and Margaret Sauce from Heartlands received the cheques from ABS' Professor Michael West.

The Midlands hospitals were three of 67 NHS trusts throughout the UK which took part in a four year research project looking at staff involvement in decision making. The research shows that patients benefit when hospital staff work together in effective teams.

The Birmingham hospitals looked at the innovations from other NHS trusts and rated them in order of importance. The hospitals took into account the likely effects the innovations were likely to have on patient care.

The research found clear links in hospitals whose staff worked in well organised teams and high levels of innovation.

Birmingham Children's hospital, for example, has recently awarded its oncology department for 'drastic improvements' made since taking part in the research project. 'Having totally transformed the department to work in organised teams it has found marked improvements for bone marrow transplants,' said HR manager, David Willey.

Mary Jordan, a finance manager at UHB said: 'University Hospital Birmingham now allows members of staff to apply for a place on the board of governors which gives them a real say on how their hospital is run.'

'Heartlands has introduced a Saturday club,' said HR manager, Margaret Sauce, 'which allows children to come in for their appointments without missing a day at school.'

Examples in other UK hospitals (which remain anonymous until the research is published) include the development of a fast track office for cancer services and reduced waiting times for patients from 20 to two weeks in one radiology department.

'These are real examples from real hospitals and demonstrate the effectiveness of the collaboration between the university and the trusts,' said ABS' Professor Michael West, the head of the research project. 'We're delighted that our work is enhancing patient care.'

If you would like more information why Aston University has made donations to the Birmingham trusts or on the project itself contact Dr Judy Scully on 0121 349 3611 ext 5023.

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For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

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