The ward team has been nominated for team of the year in the Nursing Times Awards 2017.

A ward team at North Devon District Hospital has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Glossop Ward team has been nominated for team of the year in the Nursing Times Awards 2017.

The ward has been recognised for a successful project which has seen them reduce the number of days patients spend in hospital where no progress is made in their care, where they have no tests, x-rays or procedures.

The project has seen the average length of stay on Glossop Ward reduce from seven days to around four-and-a-half, reducing the likelihood of complications.

Darryn Allcorn, director of nursing, quality and workforce at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "Congratulations to the team on being shortlisted, and for such a well-respected award.

"I am delighted that the team is getting the national recognition they deserve for their hard work.

"This is a clear example of how looking at different ways of working together can make a huge difference to patient care - in this case by reducing wasted time and helping people to get home more quickly."

The Glossop Ward team is made up of a consultant, doctors, nurses, therapists and a discharge co-ordinator.

The team now have to present the project to judges in September and will find out if they have won at a ceremony in London on in November.

Their project is now being rolled out across the trust so more patients can benefit.

Vicki Fillingham, clinical matron at the Trust, said: "The determination of the multidisciplinary team on Glossop and the support they have given to one another has made this a success on the ward and is helping to build awareness across the trust.

"This approach is about teams and departments across the trust working together for the benefit of the patient, rather than patients being prioritised to suit the needs of different teams and services, and that is what is really important."