Heart doctors and nurses shortlisted for top team trophy

UHCW Cardiology Team shortlisted for BMJ Award 2016A team of specialist heart doctors and nurses have been shortlisted for a prestigious Team of the Year Award for their innovative approach to treating patients who regularly faint.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust’s cardiology team has been shortlisted at this year’s British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards for their Nurse led Transient Loss of Consciousness (TLoC) Clinic.

The pilot clinic, led by nurses with support from senior consultants, was set up so that patients could receive a quicker diagnosis and treatment.

Benefits to patients included a reduction in the amount of time they were in hospital, while also reducing injuries suffered by patients as a result of fainting and the amount of A&E attendances.

Dr Faizel Osman, Consultant Cardiologist said: “We’re really proud to be shortlisted for this award and receive national recognition.

“The clinic has made a real difference, improving both outcomes and experience for our patients. Nearly 200 patients have benefitted from the pilot clinic, which has now become routine practice and is being replicated at other hospitals across the region. ”

Helen Eftekhari, Arrhythmia Nurse, added: “We worked really hard to set the clinic up and worked with colleagues in other specialities across the Trust to improve diagnosis and treatment for patients who experience fainting.”

The awards will take place in London on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

More information on transient loss of consciousness can be found on the NHS Choices website here.

Photo caption (L-R): Dr Faizel Osman, Helen Eftekhari and Dr Sajad Hyat.