The AHSN Network is delighted to announce that four AHSNs have been nominated for a prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Award.
The coveted awards celebrate the hard-working teams and individuals who are striving to deliver improvements in culture and quality across the NHS. The awards recognise improvements across safety, culture, and patient care.
East Midlands AHSN has been shortlisted in the ‘Community Care Initiative of the Year’ award for their early detection of deterioration in home care project, which supports home care staff at scale in identifying early signs of deterioration in residents and communicating these with multi-disciplinary teams so that early action can be taken.
East Midlands and West Midlands AHSN have together been shortlisted for ‘Patient Safety Pilot Project of the Year’ for their work in managing deterioration for people with learning disabilities living in supported living settings.
The 2020 LeDeR report (Learning from Deaths of people with learning disability Report) showed that people with learning disabilities are six times more likely to die from COVID-19. East and West Midlands AHSNs have worked with local authorities and health colleagues in four pilot sites with people with learning disabilities and their families. New tools, technology and processes have been tested and trialled as part of the initiative to help care staff build their capability to spot when the health of a person with a learning disability may be deteriorating.
Wessex AHSN have been shortlisted for the ‘Improving Care for Older People Initiative of the Year’ for their work with local partners on frailty and falls care. Collaborating with partner organisations that had trialled an integrated frailty and falls rapid response service model, Wessex AHSN worked with the project team to develop a toolkit to enable wider spread and adoption of the best practice approach.
Finally, UCLPartners in collaboration with Barts Health NHS Trust, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCG and Queen Mary University of London’s Clinical Effectiveness Group (QMUL) have been shortlisted for the ‘Best Use of Integrated Care and Partnership Working in Patient Safety’ award. By bringing together primary and secondary care this integrated approach has improved outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation and reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Natasha Swinscoe, National Patient Safety Lead for The AHSN Network and CEO of West of England AHSN, said, “It’s fabulous that the work of AHSNs together with patient safety collaboratives is being recognised at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2022. As we continue to bring improvements to patient safety across the NHS and wider health and social care system, it’s superb that the work AHSNs, PSCs, partners and systems are doing is being celebrated.”
For more examples of the AHSNs’ patient safety work, read our latest Patient Safety Plan update.