Cardiac rehabilitation team celebrate after securing gold standard award

A Bradford hospital team that helps people get back on their feet following a heart attack or heart surgery has achieved national accreditation for the outstanding service it delivers to patients.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation team, based at St Luke’s Hospital and Queensbury Health Centre, and part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, provides a vital service out in the community to Bradford patients who are recovering from major heart problems.

The team has received ‘gold standard’ accreditation from the National Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation’s national audit of cardiac rehabilitation (NACR).

NACR collects the date from trusts across the country to support the monitoring and improvement of services in terms of access, equity in provision, quality and clinical outcomes.

The accreditation reflects the fact that the service, which cares for up to 1,000 patients a year, meets and maintains all the national standards.

Great accolade

Cardiac Rehabilitation Team Leader, Sue Crossley, said it was a great accolade for a team which always strives to provide the best care to its patients.

“We consistently deliver a really good service to patients and the accreditation reflects the hard work of every single member of the team. They have a real passion and pride for what they do,” she said.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ Chief Nurse, Karen Dawber, added: “It’s fantastic that the team has been recognised for the amazing care they provide to this group of patients.”

With close links to the Trust’s Cardiology team and local GP practices, the community team’s programme of rehabilitation benefits patients with heart disease by improving their general health and heart health as well as their wellbeing and emotional needs, and it speeds up recovery and prevents readmission to hospital.

  • The Cardiac Rehabilitation team is pictured at St Luke’s Hospital.


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Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 and provide specialist services for 1.1 million people.

Our 5,500 staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke’s Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services. We also manage local community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Eccleshill.

In early 2017, a new £28 million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.

The new wing is a continuation of our work to improve patient experience after our new £2 million neonatal unit officially opened in January 2015. Our maternity services were recently shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Midwifery Service of the Year Award, recognising excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care.

In 2017, we also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Emergency Department (ED) as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.

As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and have an excellent reputation for research performance. We are one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country, particularly in quality and safety, elderly care and rehabilitation.

The Trust is home to the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) where researchers have led the development, validation and implementation of the award-winning Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) which helps calculate an elderly person’s risk of disability, impairment, falls and complications of chronic diseases, as well as their diminishing independence and capability. This is now being used by 98% of all GPs across the country.

Our award-winning Ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.

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