At the heart of all patient safety initiatives lies the aim of a zero-avoidable harm NHS environment. It may involve everything from improving communication between teams, to reviewing staff mix, to encouraging patients to speak up about risk. Some risks we know and understand – yet we fail to act to reduce them. Some we don’t and they will become apparent only when we look at safety incidents systematically. But whether we are dealing with known or unknown risks, there is a need for a culture in which staff can act on risks, report them and know that their reports will be investigated dispassionately and thoroughly.
At a time in which championing patient safety is more crucial than ever, this award recognises not just initiatives focused on identifying a risk and reducing it, but also work to introduce a culture in which incidents are reliably reported, investigated and learnt from.
This category is open to healthcare organisations, teams and collaborations across the public and third sectors who have developed successful and continually improving patient safety initiatives. Solution providers helping the NHS and health sector organisations, and private sector partnerships are invited to enter the HSJ Partnership Awards, which celebrate collaboration with the private sector.