Walton Centre Team bags Innovation Award

The Walton Centre has been named as a winner at this year’s NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards.

Helen Oulton, Lead Nurse for Infection Control at The Walton Centre, was named NHS Procurement Champion alongside other Liverpool winners such as Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, which received the Supplier Engagement Award.

Helen is involved with any changes to products which may have an impact on preventing and managing infections, acting as a link between the Procurement department and the Infection Control team.

As a result of the work, The Walton Centre has been commended by NHS England for surpassing the national target of ten per cent reductions in e-coli infections. By working with Procurement to trial and implement a wide range of products including patient wipes, clean trace swabs and staff disposable gowns,  Helen’s work has also helped to limit the incidence of clostridium difficile and Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE).

The awards recognise the work of businesses, third sector bodies and the NHS in working together to provide great patient care. They are organised by NHS North West Procurement Development and Northern Customer Board, which helps NHS organisations to procure for value as well as best standards of care.

The Awards were sponsored by the Innovation Agency; Health Innovation Manchester; and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

Chair of NHS North West Procurement Development Steering Board and Chief Executive of event sponsors the Innovation Agency, Dr Liz Mear said: “The collaborations with external partners showcased by the awards are having a huge impact in improving patient care and on achieving better value and efficiency. Huge congratulations to all the winners and very worthy finalists.”

Other Award Winners included:

  • Baxter Healthcare, Stockport – Value Based Procurement Award
  • Healthcare Communications, Macclesfield & Leeds – Acute Sector Award
  • Lime Music for Health, Manchester – Patient Experience Award
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – NHS Procurement Innovation
  • Richard Robinson, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – NHS Procurement Rising Star
  • Malinko Software, Manchester – Supplier of the Year
  • PS5 Limited, Manchester - Mental Health/Community Sector Award
  • Radiology Management Solutions, Manchester – Small Business Award
  • SF Taylor, Stockport– Sustainable Development Award
  • Urgo Medical, Loughborough – Support Services Award
  • Zilico Limited, Manchester – Clinical Innovation Award 


Notes to editors

Further information, or to arrange a visit contact:
Sam Fleet, External Communications Officer, on 0151 556 3397 or email sam.fleet@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust is the only hospital trust in the UK specialising in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services. Although the majority of patients come from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire and the Isle of Man, for some specialist treatments of complex disorders we see patients from all parts of the country, referred by their GPs or other neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain clinicians.

  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. The independent regulator of all health and social care services in England published its rating on Friday 21 October 2016, following announced and unannounced inspection visits to the Trust in April 2016.

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Lower Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool L9 7LJ
0151 525 3611

About the NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards 2018

The Awards are organised by North West Procurement Development and Northern Customer Board which helps NHS organisations to procure for value and for the best outcomes for patients. More information at: www.nwprocurement.co.uk

About the Innovation Agency

The Innovation Agency covers the areas of Cheshire, Merseyside, South Cumbria and Lancashire, serving a population of approximately four million residents.

They are one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks in England, set up in 2013 to support health systems to improve the health outcomes of their local communities. They aim to maximise the NHS’s contribution to economic growth by enabling and being catalysts for change through collaboration and the spread of innovation and best practice.