Four AHSNs were among the category winners being celebrated at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards in Manchester on 2 July.

The West of England AHSN and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust scooped the award for Maternity and Midwifery Services Initiative of the Year for the PReCePT programme. Reducing cerebral palsy in very premature babies through use of magnesium sulphate, PReCePT is currently being rolled out nationally across the AHSN Network.

The judges said: “This was on a different scale to the other entries. It has had a huge impact with good engagement from other organisations. The judges were particularly impressed with the patient/parent involvement.”

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Imperial College Health Partners, Oxford AHSN and the Patient Safety Measurement Unit picked up an award in the Best Emerging Solution for Patient Safety category their their Evaluating Sepsis Improvement Programmes and the Suspicion of Sepsis (SoS) Insights Dashboard.​ The SoS Dashboard has been widely adopted to measure and show improvement in outcomes in sepsis patients, and is being used to define the at-risk infection population, test biomarkers and identify high risk signals using artificial intelligence and machine learning. Read more here.

The judges said: “We were particularly impressed with the collaborative work this team undertook and the scale and pace of this project. We also commend the ambitious plans for further development.”

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The East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative, hosted by East Midlands AHSN, won the Patient Safety Education and Training Award for their LPZ – Care Homes Harms Prevalence Audit Tool and QI Programme. This scheme has used the LPZ audit tool to improve the quality of care around pressure ulcers, nutrition, falls, continence, pain management and restraint for residents in care homes.

The judges said: “This collaborative project demonstrated innovation, a clear project process and fantastic outcomes which are clearly seen by the patients. The judges specifically liked the fact this project was driven through by a bottom up approach.”

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Congratulations also to the Innovation Agency, AHSN for the North West Coast, finalists in the Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year Award for its Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Collaborative project. This resulted in 808 people being added to AF registers and 1,066 patients starting on anticoagulation therapy, which could prevent 160 strokes over five years.

In addition, East Midlands AHSN also won the overall poster competition for  their work on ‘Second Victimhood – how staff can be supported after an adverse clinical event.’

Natasha Swinscoe, Chief Executive of the West of England AHSN and the AHSN Network’s national chief officer lead for patient safety, said:

“This was a brilliant night for the AHSNs winning a total of three awards – congratulations to all our teams!

“These awards really demonstrate just how much patient safety is at the heart of so many of our innovation programmes. In each case, the judges praised our entries for their ambition and scale, and this is what the AHSNs are all about – taking strong evidence and proven innovations and collaborating with partners across our regional networks to spread these quickly and effectively.

“Spread and adoption can only be achieved with strong leadership and coordination and the AHSNs are now embedded in both regional and national systems to make this happen.”

HSJ bureau chief for quality and patient safety, Shaun Lintern said:

“Each of the winners exemplify the best of the NHS: working to improve the safety of their services and to deliver higher quality of care to their patients.

“All finalist projects selected by our independent judges are making a real difference, representing the vanguard of efforts in all healthcare settings to continuously improve and seek better outcomes.

“It was a privilege to celebrate with the winners and I hope other organisations and teams can learn from their example as we raise the bar on safety.”

See the full list of winners here.