THE acute pain service team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is celebrating after winning an award at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Congress.
The congress holds a Patient Safety Poster competition to recognise safety and quality improvement initiatives from the UK and around the world and provide a platform for staff to share and exchange safety and quality breakthroughs with peers and stakeholders.
The Blackpool team’s poster promoted the use of the Abbey Pain Tool in assessing cognitively impaired patients and featured their findings from a recent research study into the topic.
The poster was so successful that it was the category winner in the” Working with vulnerable patients” category.
Angela Nield, a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Acute Pain Service, said: “We submitted the poster mainly to promote the results of an audit we undertook on the use of the Abbey pain tool to assess pain in cognitively impaired patients on medical and surgical wards.
“To win the category was fantastic and a real achievement that all the team can be proud of.’’
Judges were looking for projects that promoted safety within a setting that cares for vulnerable patients, including caring for those with dementia or learning disabilities.