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.
This award is all about driving up patient safety. It will recognise 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 teams and collaborations within or between organisations whether they be NHS or wider health sector. The award is open to private, third and public sector organisations who have developed successful and continually improving patient safety initiatives.