Following one of the toughest years in the history of the health and social care sector, the AHSN Network is delighted to announce that six AHSNs have been nominated for a prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Award 2021, including AHSN Network national programme, PReCePT.
The awards celebrate and recognise the teams and people who are committed and passionate about improving safety, culture and experience in patient care.
East Midlands AHSN has been shortlisted in the Improving Safety in Medicines Management Award category for their Frailty Multidisciplinary Team Polypharmacy Project: optimising medicines for older adults.
Frailty and polypharmacy increase pressure on the healthcare system – a person taking 10 or more medications is 300% more likely to be admitted to hospital. In response to this, a specialist frailty multidisciplinary team pathway was launched at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust in April 2018. The pathway supports better health outcomes by improving medicine safety and reducing length of hospital stay, as well as reducing medicine waste and costs.
West of England AHSN has been shortlisted in six categories, including Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year, on behalf of the AHSN Network for Preventing cerebral palsy in preterm babies (PReCePT) national programme.
PreciSSIon (Preventing Surgical Site Infection across a region) is a collaborative project involving the West of England AHSN, to reduce the incidence of surgical site infection after elective colorectal surgery. It has been recognised in two categories: Infection prevention and control and Perioperative and Surgical Care Initiative of the Year.
The West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative (WELDC) has been shortlisted for Learning Disabilities Initiative of the Year. Established in early 2019, the collaborative was set up to address the disparity between the age of death for people with learning disabilities and the general population. Many of these deaths continue to be from avoidable causes, such as pneumonia and sepsis.
South West AHSN and West of England AHSN have been shortlisted for Pilot Project of the Year, for Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth (PERIPrem). PERIPrem is a perinatal care bundle to improve the outcomes for premature babies across the West and South West regions. The bundle consists of a number of interventions that will demonstrate a significant impact on brain injury and mortality rates amongst babies born prematurely.
Wessex AHSN, West of England AHSN, Health Education England and Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICS have been shortlisted for the Patient Safety Education and Training Award for their Soft Signs videos, which support the training of carers to identify deterioration and communicate concern.
Wessex AHSN has also been shortlisted in the Best Use of Integrated Care and Partnership Working in Patient Safety Award, for the delivery of digitally enabled Covid-19 Oximetry at Home (CO@H) services, alongside Hampshire & Isle of Wight ICS. The project aimed to enhance the digital capabilities of the CO@H service, enabling patients to enter their own data (via text, online or via automated phone calls), improving the visibility and use of data across different settings, creating better alert systems to identify and prioritise patients in need of urgent treatment and to ensure patients were supported and reassured when being cared for at home.
Also nominated in the same category, the Innovation Agency (AHSN for the North West Coast), has been shortlisted for their work relating to the development of specialist asthma care for patients identified as at high risk in Knowsley, alongside Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital FT, Liverpool University Hospitals FT and Primary Care Knowsley. The project has also been shortlisted for the Primary Care Initiative of the Year Award.
North East North Cumbria AHSN has also been shortlisted in the Primary Care Initiative of the Year Award category, for the Tees Valley CO@H service, alongside Tees Valley CCG, Hartlepool & Stockton Health, ELM Alliance, Primary Health Care Darlington, South Tees Hospital FT, North Tees and Hartlepool FT, County Durham and Darlington FT, and North Cumbria Respiratory Network.
Natasha Swinscoe, National Patient Safety Lead for The AHSN Network and CEO of West of England AHSN, said: “It is fantastic that the work of the AHSNs and their Patient Safety Collaboratives has been recognised at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2021. We are committed to improving patient safety within the NHS and the wider health and social care community, and it’s brilliant to be recognised for this and for working effectively and collaboratively with our partners and systems.”
View the full list of finalists for the 2021 HSJ Patient Safety Awards.
Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place as part of the Patient Safety Congress and Awards in Manchester on 20 September 2021.