A junior doctor working at QEH enjoyed a reception at 10 Downing Street in recognition for her team’s innovation work.
Maryanne Mariyaselvam says she was “honoured and proud” to be invited to represent the hospital at the evening event with the Prime Minister and the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Her only regret is that she was unable to take colleagues from the hospital with her.
She said: “It’s not just me, it’s the whole team. It was lovely to be selected to represent the team.”
Dr Mariyaselvam is part of a team which has devised three multi award-winning devices to promote safety and excellence. The Venner PneuX is a tube and monitor designed to prevent ventilator associated pneumonia; the WireSafe aims to prevent guidewires being left in a patient; and the purpose of the non-injectable arterial connector is to prevent wrong route drug administration.
As well as junior ministers and top management from NHS England and NHS Improvement, the reception included a broad range of people from the healthcare sector including GPs, consultants, nurses and allied health professionals.
Dr Mariyaselvam said: “It was great to see so many people working in the NHS honoured by the Prime Minister.”
“The reception began in the Rose Garden but it started to rain so we moved inside and upstairs which enabled us to see the really beautiful staircase with the amazing paintings of past Prime Ministers.
“It was wonderful to be recognised and a really lovely experience. I couldn’t believe it when the official invitation arrived and it was a very surreal day, not something I ever expected might happen.”
Dr Mariyaselvam, a clinical research fellow in the intensive care unit, is doing a doctorate at Cambridge University on errors in healthcare and how they can be designed out.
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