Mr Tony Smith FRCS ORTH
Specialist Knee Surgery

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Press Release - 6th July 2011

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Achievement Awards 2011

Winner - Excellence in Leadership

NHS Wales Award
NHS Wales Award


On 6th July 2011 the Orthopaedic Rapid Recovery team at Wrexham Maelor hospital was awarded the NHS Wales Award 2011 in the category of 'Improving quality through the better use of resources'

hilst this was a multi-disciplinary approach to change, a key element to the long term success and sustainability of the programme has been the clinical leadership shown by Mr Tony Smith who has provided direction, encouragement and guidance throughout what was a pioneering redesign of patient care.

Clinical Leadership Award 2011
Clinical Leadership Award 2011

Mr Smiths leadership style is transformational in nature, with him acting as a figurehead for change rather than dictating the nature and direction of change. Given the fundamental change in clinical practice required from the redesigned pathway, in the initial stages Mr Smith gave the confidence to the other members of the multi-disciplinary team in regards to the new ways of working by 'leading by example' e.g. attending the ward to mobilise each patient as early as 2-3 hours post surgery along with staff in the first few weeks until they were confident in the revised pathway. He also chaired monthly MDT meetings whereby he encouraged staff to focus on continuous quality improvement. Without his leadership and support, change in practice would have been slower and/or unsustainable.

Since its inception Mr Smith has been a great advocate of the programme and the Rapid Recovery team and has spoken at length nationally on its benefits and the development of cohesive multi-disciplinary working within the NHS. He is now recognised as the national lead for Rapid Recovery Knee surgery across Wales and beyond.

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