Colleagues have been attending the annual Patient Safety Congress in Manchester this week where member organisations of the West of England AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative were shortlisted for a number of awards.

We’re delighted that the South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust won the Care for Older People Award for for their Community First Responder Lifting Scheme. And as an AHSN, we were thrilled to win the Award for Deteriorating Patients and Rapid Response Systems for our work to improve the reliability of recognition and response to the deteriorating patient.

Other member organisations from the West of England AHSN shortlisted for awards were:

  • Gloucestershire Care Services Trust, Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation (MNSCR): 3 Step Rehabilitation Model for Cancer Care Award.
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust, Learning to Improve – An Academy Approach for the Education and Training award.
  • North Bristol Trust,Positive Incident Management System (Learning from Excellence) for Changing Culture Award.
  • South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust and South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust,Pre-hospital Maternity Conference for Maternity and Midwifery Services.
  • University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust Emergency Department High Impact User team, fresh from their win for the HSJ Value awards, were shortlisted for the best patient safety initiative in A&E and Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year.
  • University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust,Supportive and Palliative Care Team for Palliative Care award.

As an AHSN we were also shortlisted for:

  • A Collaborative Approach to Learning from Deaths.
  • Safety in Numbers, our Primary Care Collaborative, was category winner in Changing Culture in the poster competition. See it here. 

Commenting on the AHSN’s win, Joanna Garrett, Patient Safety Improvement lead said: “Receiving this award is a true testament of the benefits of the collaborative approach used within the West of England. We have worked together across organisations and the system to standardise care across an entire region by using a single language to communicate sickness severity. Congratulations to all involved in the project who have contributed to the systematic improvement of patient safety.’’

Kevin Hunter, Head of Patient Safety and Programme Delivery, commenting on the Learning from Deaths submission, added: “It’s fantastic to see the collaborative approach adopted in the West of England recognised at this prestigious event. Being shortlisted for this award is testament to the great work and commitment across our membership to foster an open learning culture.”

Colleagues at Oxford AHSN also scooped an award for Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year for their care homes programme to reduce urinary tract infections through hydration.

Celia Ingham-Clark, Interim NHS National Director of Patient Safety, NHS Improvement, said: “I am delighted that the work of Oxford and West of England patient safety collaboratives have been recognised at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards, alongside many outstanding examples of initiatives to improve patient safety. These two projects show how seemingly simple interventions and a consistent, collaborative approach can make a real difference to patient outcomes and experience of care.  Congratulations to the PSC teams who are working so hard to support quality improvement and make patient safety a priority.”

A number of other AHSNs were also finalists:

  • Product or innovation – public: Health Innovation Network, London for ‘Spotting the signs of sepsis’ (highly commended)
  • Quality improvement initiative of the year: Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Improvement Academy for ‘Learning from healthcare deaths’
  • Care of older people:
    • East Midlands AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative for ‘LPZ – care homes prevalence audit tool’ and ‘Delirium prevention in elective orthopaedic surgery’
    • Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group for ‘Reducing urinary tract infections through hydration’
  • Patient safety in the community:
    • East Midlands AHSN for ‘Implementing an international benchmarking tool into UK care homes to improve the safety of care’
    • Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group for ‘Reducing urinary tract infections through hydration’.

Kevin Hunter, Head of Patient Safety and Programme Delivery said “I was delighted to see some of the great work happening across the country in the realm of Patient Safety. It was especially impressive to see so much work generated through fellow Patient Safety Collaboratives and the real impact this is having on improving patients’ lives.”

Read the full winning entry from the West of England here.

Read more about AHSNs across the country being recognised.

Read more about about all the winners at the HSJ patient Safety Awards.

Posted on July 10, 2018

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