This year the SAGE Award (Shire Award for Gastrointestinal Excellence) first place has been presented to a team of clinicians from the Nottingham University Hospitals for their, Ascites Management Project during Digestive Disease Week held this year in London. The project has shown considerable innovation and excellence in gastrointestinal care and will receive a grant of £10,000 for furthering and enhancing the development of the project.
The project aims to redesign the patient pathway for end stage liver disease by providing an independent nurse-Led paracentesis service combined with community integration, patient education and chronic disease monitoring. The service extends to all in-patient areas and has resulted in improved patient safety, release of junior doctor time, reduced in-patient waiting times, and improved awareness which has expedited treatment and consultant review. A grant of £10,000 has been awarded to further the development of the project.
“We are delighted to receive this grant and be recognised for our work in developing an efficient service for end stage liver disease patients,” said Sister Aquiline Chivinge, Day Case Nurse Project Lead. “Our work has provided an improved patient experience, combined with education and self-management. Our team of nurses also provide a training programme for junior doctors achieving a more efficient integrated service.”
Second place was granted to a team, led by Dr Alastair Mckinlay, from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Royal Cornhill Hospital for their work on An integrated educational resource for the management of patients with severe restrictive anorexia nervosa.
Third place was granted to Professor Yan Yiannakou and his team at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust for the Durham Constipation Service.
The 2016 SAGE Awards will be open to entries in late autumn of 2015.