WMAHSN among West Midlands organisations shortlisted for the HSJ Patient Safety Awards


Posted on 21 March 2017 (Permalink)

A patient safety initiative supported by WMAHSN is among the frontrunners to lift a prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Award this year. 

The Learning from Excellence (LFE) programme, which aims to learn from what goes well in healthcare, has been given the nod in the Education and Training category. 

Safety in healthcare has traditionally focused on avoiding harm by learning from error, but this approach may miss opportunities to learn from excellent practice. The Learning from Excellence initiative believes that studying excellence in healthcare can create new opportunities for learning and improving team resilience.

The project - led by Adrian Plunkett, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Emma Plunkett, Specialist Registrar in Anaesthesia - has been running for two years and has captured and studied peer reporting excellence in healthcare. The concept has enabled staff to access resources and ideas to promote this initiative and share experiences.

WMAHSN has supported a number of LFE events across the West Midlands, followed by opportunities to access further training around the appreciative inquiry techniques underpinning LFE. WMAHSN hopes to build a wider community of practice around LFE which can offer support and share insights, experience and peer-to-peer learning.

WMAHSN is just one of a number of organisations in the West Midlands which have been shortlisted for the awards, with others across the region including: 

Cancer Care

  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust: Enabling citizens to actively self manage their cancer care

Quality Lead of the Year

  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust: Quality Improvement initiative of Acute Kidney Injury
  • NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group: The best Quality Lead in the CCGs
  • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Caring for patients, Caring for Staff, Caring for finances

Best Patient Safety Improvement Team

  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust: Preventing Atrial Fibrillation related stroke, interfacing primary and secondary care

Patient Safety in Maternity and Midwifery Services

  • George Eliot Hospital Trust NHS Trust: Success in reducing the still birth rate 

Care of Older People

  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust: Geriatric Optimisation and Liaison Before Surgery Service

Patient Safety in Critical Care and Trauma Patients

  • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust: Improving Incident Reporting in Critical Care - UHCW  

Managing Long Term Conditions

  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust: Preventing Atrial Fibrillation related stroke, interfacing primary and secondary care

Best Patient Safety Initiative in A&E

  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust: Implementing a shared care exemplar front door model of care for frail older people in the emergency department

Changing Culture

  • South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation Trust: Developing a Safety Culture
  • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Rebuilding Relationships Programme
  • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust: The Safety Huddle Culture

Improving Safety in Medicines Management

  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust: Reducing harm from omissions and delays in Parkinson medication (PD)

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the 10th annual Patient Safety Congress in Manchester on 4 July.