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We are delighted to announce that our Orthogeriatrics team has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious BMJ Awards (Clinical Leadership Category).

Hip fracture is one of the most serious consequences of falls in the elderly, with a mortality of 10% at one month and 30% at one year.

There is also significant morbidity associated with hip fractures, with only 50% of patients returning to their previous level of mobility and 10-20% of patients being discharged to a residential or nursing care placement. Elderly patients with hip fractures have complex medical, surgical and rehabilitation needs and a well-coordinated multidisciplinary team approach is essential. Over the last three years the team has shown significant improvements, successfully achieving best care for their hip fracture patients and reduced mortality significantly.

Their programme has transformed the way they care for their patients with hip fractures, with greater collaboration and teamwork across the board. This has resulted in excellent results in the National Hip Fracture Database reports, with our Trust ranked 1st nationally with 88% (2012 data) for meeting a number of key quality indicators. We achieved this for 88% of our patients against a national average of 47%. The BMJ Award results will be announced on the 8th May 2014 at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster.

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