Five AHSNs (East Midlands, Imperial College Health Partners, Innovation Agency, Oxford and West of England) have made it through to the finals of the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2019, which recognise, reward and thank the hardworking teams and individuals who are improving healthcare outcomes for patients.

The next round of judging takes place in early May, when the teams will present their entries to a panel of judges. The winners will be announced on 2 July at Manchester Central on the first evening of the Patient Safety Congress.

The shortlisted projects are:

East Midlands AHSN – LPZ programme: improving quality and safety in care homes
Categories: Patient Safety in the Community, Patient Safety Education and Training, Improving Care for Older People

Imperial College Health Partners, Oxford AHSN and the Patient Safety Measurement Unit – ‘Suspicion of Sepsis (SOS) Dashboard’
Category: Best Emerging Solution for Patient Safety

Innovation AgencyNorth West Coast AF Collaborative

Category: Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year

West of England AHSN and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust – PReCePT: reducing cerebral palsy in preterm births

Category: Maternity and Midwifery Services Initiative of the Year

Two of the shortlisted projects, LPZ and the SOS Dashboard, have been developed by regional Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSC). The national PSC programme is hosted by the 15 AHSNs, and funded and nationally coordinated by NHS Improvement.

Natasha Swinscoe, the AHSN Network’s Chief Officer Lead for Patient Safety said:

“We’re thrilled to see such a broad cross-section of AHSN patient safety work being showcased at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards. This is testament to the AHSN approach of working with our regional NHS member organisations to understand their needs and priorities on the ground, while connecting at a national level to share learning and best practice.

“Improving patient safety is at the heart of all AHSN programmes, both individually and collectively as the national AHSN Network, and it’s fantastic to see our partnership working recognised and celebrated in this way.”

Find the full list of finalists here.