It is always positive when work that is being done across our Trust to make a difference for our patients is recognised and this week I would like to share that our new ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ app and a maternity User Experience (UX) system have both been shortlisted in national awards.

Both are excellent examples of the work being done to improve the quality of experience of care that we are providing for our patients and they have been shortlisted in four categories in the Patient Experience Network National Awards 2022.

The ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ information app has been developed by our cancer team, patients, local NHS organisations and charities including Lingen Davies and Macmillan. It has taken 12 months to create and brings together a wealth of information, support and wellbeing for those living with cancer, and those supporting them, in one place. This is so important when there is so much information available as it can often be hard to know where to start.

The app, which is also a great resource for professionals, has been shortlisted in three categories – Innovative use of Technology, Social and Digital Media, Personalisation of Care and Cancer Experience of Care. For further information about the app visit our website: Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme – SaTH

Our Maternity teams have introduced the UX system which is an improvement tool that allows women, families and colleagues to provide feedback on their experiences and suggest ideas for change.

This information is then used to help shape improvements in areas such as bereavement care and partner support, to put our families and colleagues at the heart of everything we are doing. The UX initiative has been shortlisted in the Measuring, Reporting and Acting & Turning it Around category.

I would like to say a huge well done to everyone who has played a part in developing these fantastic and innovative tools so that we can continue to improve the quality of care that our patients receive – and wish them good luck in the final which takes place in September.

A special thanks also goes out to the League of Friends of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (LoF) who raised £2,500 in their annual Summer Draw. The money will be used to help purchase three Patient Vital Signs Monitors for the Day Care Unit, which cost £10,000.

Every year their donations help to fund some fantastic additional pieces of equipment for our teams to help improve the quality of care that we provide our patients. They are one of the top leagues in the country for providing support and we are incredibly grateful that we benefit from this.