NATIONAL AWARD

AWARD WINNING TEAM

Sleep Medicine Team of the Year

Awarded by Hospital Doctor

In November 2004, my team and I won the ‘Sleep Medicine Team of the Year ’ award from Hospital Doctor

The Hospital Doctor Awards celebrate innovation and clinical excellence in the medical profession and the 14th Hospital Doctor awards were presented at a ceremony at the Park Lane Hotel in London on November 25th 2004 where I received the prestigious award.

THE CHALLENGE

Having started off in 1993 with only one ENT consultant, the sleep unit at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital was a surgery-based treatment centre. However, as referrals grew it became obvious the range of services and treatments needed to expand to meet demand, despite the lack of funding.

ACTION TAKEN

I felt it was necessary to move away from the traditional chest physician-dominated approach to sleep disorders and make the hospital a one-stop shop. I brought in a range of clinicians, including orthodontists and anaesthetists, to provide an overarching service and allow tailored treatment plans. The next step, I hope, is to set up an obesity clinic after it was shown many patients were obese and needed help to lose weight. Non-surgical treatments required money to purchase CPAP masks and monitoring equipment. We approached the Strategic Health Authority and secured funding from one of the local Primary Care Trusts. We are hoping the rest will follow suit. Building on the hospital’s strong research tradition, the team has developed pioneering techniques, attracting national and international referrals. One of the new techniques, nasendoscopy, allows clinicians to pinpoint the site of obstructions with an accuracy that allows the surgeon to determine the likely success of surgery.

ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Development of nasendoscopy treatment pinpointing the site of obstructions in the airways and allowing treatment plans to be developed depending on likely success of surgery.
  • First in the UK to be able to treat both soft palate and the tongue by radio frequency therapy.
  • High volume of published research has resulted in referrals from Europe, including Portugal and Belgium.
THE JUDGE'S COMMENT

‘A well organised and effective, multidisciplinary team. The team leader successfully brings together consultants, junior medical staff, nurses and technical staff to produce a team in which every member is comfortable with their role but in which there is no reluctance to consult or involve others in clinical management. The research output is impressive from such a small team’
(Dr Chris Hanning, 2003 winner)

A record 150 entries were received, whittled down to thirty worthy finalists in ten categories.

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The Award Dream Team

LEAD CONSULTANT

Prof Bhik Kotecha

CONSULTANTS

Dr Beata O’ Donoghue
Dr Paul Bailey
Dr John Ruddock
Dr Anil Patel

RESEARCH

Mr Hesham Khalil

CLINICAL SCIENTISTS

Robert Royston
Julia Lewis (Nursing Sister)

SLEEP STUDY TECHNOLOGISTS

Ruth Harrison
Jane North(Staff Nurse)

SLEEP STUDIES COORDINATOR

Sefa Aidams

DEPUTY MANAGER

Bernadette Pritchard (and Head of Nursing)

MEDICAL SECRETARY

Jill Wellard