16 / 7 / 2014 2.14pm
Individuals and organisations who drive quality, clinical efficiency, effectiveness and safety agendas, were recognised and celebrated last night (15 July) at the inaugural 'Patient safety and care awards'.
Held by Nursing Times and HSJ, with sponsorship from NHS Employers and MacMillan Cancer Support, the event celebrated individuals and teams who have transformed the way they deliver care and achieved dramatic improvements in patient outcomes.
20 award categories covered all aspects of healthcare, from cancer care and stroke care, to preventing avoidable harm, patient safety in care of older people, and education and training in patient safety.
The category of ‘Changing culture’ was sponsored by NHS Employers, and the proud winner was Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for its Microsystem Coaching Academy.
The Academy is the first of its kind in Europe, training ‘microsystem coaches’ within the core workforce to “tip the culture of the healthcare system to one in which improving safety and quality is normal work.”
The trust is already seeing considerable improvements:
- Orthopaedics foot and ankle reduced wait for surgery from admission from 5.5 hours to 2 hours and added one case to each list
- Infectious diseases reduced new patient 'did not attends' (DNA) from 55 per cent to 32 per cent
- Number of interruptions in anticoagulation dosing room reduced from an average of 33 in June 2013 to 12 in September 2013, resulting in improved patient safety
- sexual health clinic reduced turning away 45 patients a week to zero patients turned away.
Part of NHS Employers' motivation for co-sponsoring these awards is the focus on patient safety, which was highlighted following the Francis Report. You can access all of our resources supporting employers to deliver the recommendations of the report on our Francis Inquiry web pages.
Find out more about the awards and see the full list of winners on the Patient safety and care awards website. For highlights from the ceremony, please see our Storify below.