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MSK anaesthetist is double finalist in NHS awards

Tuesday September 30, 2014

An anaesthetist who played a leading role dramatically improving the experience of patients undergoing hip and knee surgery at St Richard’s and Worthing hospitals is a double finalist for a prestigious awards scheme.

Dr Cathryn Eitel, Consultant Anaesthetist for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, has made the final three in two categories of the NHS Kent Surrey and Sussex Leadership Awards 2014 – NHS Innovator of the Year and NHS Emerging Leader of the Year.

Trust Chief Executive Marianne Griffiths is also shortlisted for NHS Inspirational Leader of the Year, and the Trust’s board is up for NHS Board/Governing Body of the Year.

Trust Chairman, Mike Viggers, said: “We are very proud to receive this recognition which I believe is testament to the dedication of all our staff, and the ever-improving and patient-centred progress we are making as a Foundation Trust.

“I would like particularly to commend our double-finalist Dr Eitel who, in collaboration with her musculoskeletal colleagues, has made such a difference to patients receiving new hips or knees in our hospitals.”

Dr Eitel has been a consultant anaesthetist for less than four years but in that time she has made an extraordinary difference to patients undergoing routine orthopaedic / elective-MSK surgery.

She has been a driving force in the development and implementation of an enhanced recovery programme for hip and knee surgery patients in Chichester and Worthing, known as CWERP, which has significantly enhanced their experience and outcome.

In the past, people undergoing such procedures normally spent about seven days in hospital, and often suffered side effects following surgery, like feeling sick, which delayed their overall speed of recovery.

However, CWERP has led to the average length of stay reducing from seven days (6.9) to under four days (3.8).

The new programme – which includes the founding of a new multidisciplinary joint school as well as a change in anaesthetic  procedure – has also seen the post-operation nausea and vomiting rate fall from 38% to just 6.2%; average blood transfusion rate drop from 16.5% to 3.1%; need for urinary catheterisation half; and low blood pressure has reduced from 40% to 12.1%.

Dr George Findlay, Medical Director, said: “Cathryn’s work is a tremendous example of how the Trust is continually innovating, drawing on the increased strengths of multidisciplinary teams and new techniques, to never stop improving the care our patients receive.

“We are incredibly proud of her achievements, and that of her many musculoskeletal colleagues who work on the Chichester and Worthing Enhanced Recovery Programme, and I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate her for being shortlisted twice for such prestigious awards.”

Dr Eitel will join fellow finalist Chief Executive Marianne Griffiths and representatives of the Trust Board at the NHS KSS Leadership Summit and Awards on 27th November, 2014.

Mrs Griffiths is also shortlisted for another highly-respected health sector award on the 19th November, 2014, when she will go head to head with a select group of NHS leaders nationwide for the prized Chief Executive of the Year accolade at the HSJ Awards.

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