A competition to encourage suggestions from trainee doctors and dentists across Wales on how video could be used to improve patient care, has now announced the winners.
Launched last October by Wales Deanery, BMJ Quality, and Health and Care Videos, the competi-tion has attracted some excellent entries. The quality was incredibly good and prizes could have been easily awarded to any of the entries.
After much deliberation, the panel of judges (from Wales Deanery, Health and Care Videos, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and 1000 Lives) selected one very worthy winner and two runners-up.
Vikram Devlia, a Foundation Year 1 Doctor at Nevill Hall Hospital, was the overall winner of the competition with his proposal to use video to explain to patients and healthcare professionals the importance of the correct use of TED stockings to prevent venous thromboembolisms (VTEs), more commonly known as blood clots, which occur after procedures such as surgery. This is not just a problem in Wales but across the whole of the UK and Vikram’s innovative use of video will aim to reduce the risk to patients.
Vikram (pictured 3rd from the left with his team) will have his idea produced as a video which will be shared widely to improve patient care in this area. He also wins a subscription to BMJ Quality to help to get his research paper published.
Runner up prizes were awarded to Richard Ellis, an ST4 Doctor at Royal Gwent Hospital who pro-posed a video to help women recover more quickly after a planned caesarean, and Peter Slade, an ST6 Doctor at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Dr Slade came up with an idea for a video to educate patients who present with symptoms suggestive of a TIA (transient ischaemic attack). They are referred to a rapid access TIA service by their general practitioner or the emergency de-partment but need to have understood some vital information about their condition prior to trav-elling to their appointment. Both runners up will also have their ideas turned into videos to help their patients and save time for the NHS.
Dr Matthew Halkes, Clinical Director at Health and Care Videos and Director for Education at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust says ‘We had an overwhelming response to the competi-tion and received some truly innovative and well thought out entries, making our decision to choose a winner incredibly difficult. We are always seeking new and innovative uses for video within health and believe in the power of trainees to play an important role in implementing quality improvement projects to improve organisational systems.’
The winning videos will be showcased at the 1000 Lives event in March. Over the past 4 years, Health and Care Videos have developed a library of over 350 videos to help support patients and carers in their treatment pathways. The videos have improved efficiency, increased capacity and delivered cost savings.
For more information on how you could use video to improve patient care visit www.healthandcarevideos.com
Contact: Ellen Jenkins, Head of Communications, Health and Care Videos [email protected] 01626 833937 Diane Harris, Cert HE Course Director, Dental – Wales Deanery [email protected] Dominique Bird, National Programme Manager, 1000 Lives [email protected]