Dr Brian Murray, Clinical Director, Older Adult Mental Health Services, has led a team which has been awarded a “Special Commendation” in the Best VTE (Venous Thromboembolism) Prevention Programme in the Lifeblood VTE Awards, 2012.  The awards are supported by the specialist charity, Lifeblood, who work to raise awareness of VTE among the public and health professionals and to raise research funds to improve patient care.

Brian and his clinical team led on the development of a risk assessment form adapted for use in mental health services (less emphasis on surgical risks, but drawing attention to recent research on the use of anti-psychotics and VTE). This form is now used as standard with all inpatients and was launched in tandem with appropriate training and education programmes.

Working alongside colleagues from the Community Services Division the form has enabled staff to share experience and knowledge of managing VTE from a physical health aspect.

Jan Maly, from the charity Lifeblood, told Brian that “The expert panel of judges felt that your submission demonstrated an exceptional level of leadership and innovation, and that your strategy’s wider adoption throughout the NHS could lead to significant improvements in VTE prevention nationwide.”

Congratulations to Brian and his team.

Dr Brian Murray, Clinical Director, Older Adult Mental Health Services