A team of nurses battling to tackle the increasing number of patients being admitted to hospital with alcohol-related issues have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Lancashire Teaching Hospital’s alcohol liaison service has been shortlisted for a Nursing Standard Nurse Award.
The team was created in April 2013 in a bid to tackle the increase in patients being admitted to the hospital with alcohol-related issues.
The aim of the service is to reduce the rate of increase in alcohol-related hospital emergency admissions, reduce the length of stay in hospital for alcohol- related issues, and improve access and engagement with primary care and community specialist substance misuse services.
The team consists of Emma Dermody, Kerry Anderson, Keighley Allan and Angela Platt, all clinical nurse specialists who work across both Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.
Since the team was established in April, a total of 1,061 referrals have been made to the service.
More than 700 nominations were received, and there is just one other finalist in the same category.
The team will travel to London on February 28 to be interviewed by a panel, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in May.
Emma Dermody, clinical lead nurse specialist, said: “We are so pleased to be shortlisted for this award.
“We set up the service just under a year ago when it was identified that reducing alcohol-related hospital admissions is not only a priority nationally but locally too. The team works with patients to assess and help with their physical, psychological and social needs, so it’s great that all of our hard work has been recognised.
“We have already had 1,061 referrals, so that’s a huge number of people receiving help who may not have done so previously.
“We have also saved a total of 641 bed nights since October 2013.
“We look at patients who are admitted to hospital multiple times, as this could indicate that there are unmet needs that need addressing, and we also work with patients who are drinking harmfully and hazardously, but who are not yet dependent, to try to reduce the risk of the problem escalating.
“We also work with other staff members to deliver training so they know how to identify somebody who may have an alcohol- related issue.”