15 March 2019

Trust’s TARN Coordinator wins national award

Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) Coordinator at the Trust, Kelly Tuppen, has won the ‘Trauma Audit and Research Network Coordinator of the Year’ award, at the national Trauma Care Conference 2019.

Kelly Tuppen with Tim Coats, Chairman of TARN

Kelly Tuppen with Tim Coats, Chairman of TARN

Kelly was nominated for improving the Trust’s data quality for cases reported to the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN). In 2016/17 before Kelly started in her role,  the Trust reported 22% of trauma cases, however, thanks to Kelly’s work this has now risen to 100% of trauma cases reported, making the output data very reliable.

Kelly Tuppen, TARN Coordinator said: “It was a great honour to be given this award. I would like to thank Jim Flaherty for all his time and commitment to helping me succeed within this role. I also want to thank the Clinical Effectiveness Team and After Trauma Team for their support and guidance. I really am very proud to win this award for ESHT.”

Data from TARN looks at the whole trauma patient journey from the Emergency Department through the hospital. The research network collects information on trauma patients and calculates survival outcomes after trauma by the number of those who actually survived, compared with the number who are expected to survive. The reports can be used by doctors, nurses and service managers to drive improvement.

The last TARN report published in October 2018, showed Conquest Hospital as being the fourth best in terms of survival outcome with Eastbourne DGH 22nd out of all the country’s hospitals, that provide a similar level service.