The aim of all patient safety initiatives is to ultimately reduce avoidable harm within the health system. This could involve everything from improving communication between teams, to reviewing staff mix, to encouraging staff and patients to speak up about risk. Some risks we know and understand – yet we fail to action key learnings in order to reduce them. There are more subtle risks that 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 confidently report risks and concerns, and know that these issues will be taken seriously and investigated in order to prevent harm from occurring in the first place.
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 preventing it, but also projects that have introduced 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.