5 Innovative Projects Win 2020 ORPEA Excellence Awards
3 facilities win the ‘1 000 Smiles’ Award
For 2020, teams in 8 countries1 submitted a total of 27 ground-breaking projects for consideration. This impressive participation testifies to the culture of innovation and research that drives the Group’s teams to enhance residents’ and patients’ dignity and well-being as the world confronts a health crisis like no other.
Speaking about these awards,
“Despite experiencing an unprecedented global pandemic that touched every aspect of our lives in 2020, all our employees stepped up and showed extraordinary commitment and dedication. This sixth edition of the ORPEA Excellence Awards once again demonstrates how our facilities and their staff are continually able to innovate and develop forward-looking services to benefit residents and patients.
I want to give a big thank you to the teams for the fantastic projects they implemented as part of the ‘1000 Smiles’ initiative, which boosts residents’, patients’, families’ and employees’ well-being and happiness.”
The awards went to the following projects:
– “Research” category: Flavien Quijoux for POSTADYCHUTE
This predictive tool assesses the risk of falling for an elderly person placed in an institution. This doctoral dissertation in neuroscience, backed by ORPEA France’s medical department, in collaboration with the Centre Borelli (UMR9010, CNRS,
- “Clinical Ethics” category:
Starting from a detailed analysis of the resident’s needs and expectations, this workshop develops a resident-centred approach that is preventive and multi-disciplinary, and empowers the resident.
- “Innovation in Care” category: Château d’Herblay Hospital (CLINEA SSR France) for its PREVaction programme, a comprehensive strategy of health education and prevention.
The PREVaction programme, which is delivered in this outpatient hospital to people aged 75 and up, is meant to be utilised before patients lose autonomy so they can gain the tools to take charge of their health and preserve their remaining abilities.
- Because so many excellent projects were submitted, the jury also gave two honourable mentions in the “Innovation in Care” category:
Home chemotherapy treatment, supported by the teams of Allerzorg Home Care in Woerden,
the Netherlands. This programme aims to improve quality of life for the very elderly or people with reduced mobility by offering them home chemotherapy care so they do not need to travel to a hospital.
“EM Table©”, passive horizontal stimulation for quality of life for people with reduced mobility, a project backed by the Spanish teams of the ORPEA Mirasierra rehabilitation facility in
Madrid. This device recreates the effects produced by physical activity by inducing passive movements on a horizontal plane. The nitrogen oxide that is produced improves bio-mechanical properties, muscle tone and tissue oxygenation (PaO2, ¯PaCO2) in patients aged 26 to 65.
This year, ISEC is adding a new element: international workshops designed to speed up the implementation of these innovations across the Group while encouraging the sharing of experience and best practices. These workshops will bring together each team of winners and the ISEC members, who will model approaches and protocols for a successful implementation.
ISEC was created in 2015 to give the Group an opportunity to further study the ethical aspects of care practises, and it studies the medical ethics issues faced by the Group’s care and senior management teams.
“1000 Smiles” award
The “1000 Smiles” awards were also announced during this ceremony. These awards, which were specially created by the
Teams from 10 countries2 submitted a total of 69 applications. A jury of seven employees from different Group business lines chose the winners based on their originality, impact criteria, ease of being reproduced and additional effort required for implementation.
After evaluating the excellent and varied initiatives that were submitted, the jury announced three awards:
ISEC, the ORPEA Group’s
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ISEC has 28 members who are professors of medicine, practitioners, and Group medical directors and operations managers.
The team led by Prof Joël Belmin is focussed on developing ISEC based on a solid foundation of scholarship and international teaching that supports the Group’s ethical approach to research and innovation. This academic, international and independent council ensures that the Group’s work meets the highest ethical and scientific standards.
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