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Leeds Children's Hospital team scoops top Nursing Times Award

27 October 2016

A team from Leeds Children's Hospital has picked up a coveted Nursing Times 2016 Award for a unique initiative to improve communications with young patients and their families.

Nursing-Times-Award-Leeds-Team.jpgLeeds Children’s Hospital TV beat off incredibly tough competition from nine other shortlisted finalists from across the country to scoop the Child and Adolescent Service award in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Launched earlier this year, Leeds Children’s Hospital TV is the first initiative of its kind in the country. Designed around the needs of children, young people and their families, it provides an insight into the wards and departments at Leeds Children’s Hospital, and what it is like to be a patient there.

Nurse Consultant, Sue Morgan, who collected the award along with colleagues, said: “It was a big achievement just to be shortlisted as the other entries were all of an extremely high calibre, so we were absolutely thrilled to be named the outright winner of the category.

“Since the service was launched in May, feedback from young people and families as well as health professionals in Leeds and across the country has been incredibly positive and we are just so proud to be leading the way with this project.

“We know young people want as much information as possible before coming to hospital, but provided in a friendly and accessible way. Leeds Children’s Hospital TV means that at the click of a button they can see for themselves where they will be coming, who they will meet, what the staff are like and what other children and young people say about the hospital.”

Kindly funded by the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, the service is provided in conjunction with Mark Wilkinson of Mosaic TV. As well as films about the hospital, wards and procedures young people may undergo, a video booth enables young patients to make their own films and feedback which is also loaded on to the site