Anticoagulation Achievement Awards.

The Betsi Cadwaladr UHB team behind the drive to introduce Thromboprophylaxis Walkarounds to Improve Patient Safety has been shortlisted for the prestigious Anticoagulation Achievement Awards.

The awards, first launched in 2017, are made to teams and individuals across secondary, primary and community services who can demonstrate innovation and excellence in delivering anticoagulation services, resources or individual leadership. Finalists were selected from entries from across the UK.

Hosted by Lyn Brown MP, Chair of the All Party Group for Thrombosis, and supporting the global, World Thrombosis Day, the award ceremony will be held in the Houses of Commons on 9th October 2019 when the winners will be announced.

The introduction of a walk-around programme, run by NHS North Wales experts in blood clot prevention, which encourages staff to carry out risk assessments on patients has led to an 88 per cent reduction in preventable hospital acquired thrombosis.

Thanks to the improvement work, Glan Clwyd Hospital has been awarded the VTE Exemplar Centre Status, a national accreditation recognising the organisation’s commitment to preventing blood clots.

The latest awards nomination follows the work being shortlisted as a finalist in the NHS Wales Award in the Improving Patient Safety category and received a highly commended in the recent HSJ award for Acute service redesign.

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