The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Hilda Knowles Award goes to cancer Ambulatory Care Team

16 June 2014

One of the highlights of this year’s Leeds Teaching Hospitals’ Nursing and Midwifery conference was the announcement of the winner of the annual Hilda Knowles Award.

Now in its 11th year, the award was set up by Mr Adrian Knowles and family and is for excellence and innovation in the care of adult patients at hospitals in Leeds.  

Speaking at the awards event, held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, Mr Knowles describe the entries as “absolutely marvellous” and spoke of the tremendous difficulty the judges had in choosing a winner.

This year’s award went to Anne-Marie Kenny and the Ambulatory Care Team.  This innovative, multi-disciplinary, patient focused service for those diagnosed with cancer provides treatment outside a traditional ward setting. Patients are monitored closely during and after their treatment in the Unit, and are given 24 hour contact details should there be any issues.

This means patients maintain their independence and overall wellbeing by spending less time in hospital, and also thereby reduce waiting times for those people whose treatments do require them to be inpatients.

Overall, patients are now receiving their chemotherapy treatment up to five times faster, and there has been a 20% reduction in elective inpatient admissions within haematology.

The team plan to use the prize money to provide wi-fi services to the Ambulatory Care Unit to further improve the patient experience, and to make their time there more comfortable.

Runners-up were the Neurosurgical Patient Experience Improvement Team and the Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist Service.