JAC Sponsors NHS Isle of Wight Awards
5th November 2012 – JAC the UK’s leading Medicines Management supplier, and First Databank (FDB™) the drug knowledge database and clinical decision support provider, recently jointly sponsored the ‘Improving Patient Safety’ Award at the NHS Isle of Wight Awards 2012.
The podiatry department won the audience voters over by presenting their project to reduce loss of mobility through amputation and neuropathic ulceration in patients with diabetes, using specialist Podiatrists to carry out tailored lower limb vascular and neurological assessments.
The early intervention allows enhanced self-management and efficiency savings whilst delivering much improved outcomes for patients with diabetes. This important work led to fewer amputations and fewer admissions.
The project promoted joint working between primary and secondary care as well as increasing patient involvement. Amputations are very traumatic for diabetes sufferers and with each amputation estimated to cost £68,000 this has led to massive savings plus improved quality of life for these patients.
The awards generated over 60 entries for the eight categories; these were shortlisted down to three nominees for each category by a panel which included patient and staff representatives. The final judging was down to the audience who selected their favourite choice after viewing a short film about each of the projects using electronic voting.
Mark Price, Foundation Trust Programme Director and Chairman of the NHS Isle of Wight Celebrations Group said: “we have had around 60 entries for the main awards this year and it is a very difficult task to determine which ones then go through as finalists on the night. As far as I am concerned, they are all winners.”
The podiatry department will receive £500 from FDB and JAC to go towards the further development of their project.
Around 400 guests enjoyed the evening with entertainment provided by the performing arts students of Medina College and included a pianist, the Ukelele Orchestra and extracts from an upcoming production of ‘Jesus Christ Super Star’. More information about the awards can be found on the NHS Isle of Wight website at www.iow.nhs.uk/awards.