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Patient Safety Award

Awarded to the NHS Trust which has made great strides in providing a safe hospital environment for patients, and has taken action to reduce Hospital Acquired infections and mortality rates.

2022 Winner: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Patient Safety Incident Response Framework

In what will be a landmark change to national patient safety policy in England, the team at Bradford Teaching Hospitals has collectively designed new guidance to support patients and families to be more engaged in investigations that happen after something has gone wrong with care or treatment. The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework will help NHS trusts treat investigations with sensitivity and compassion, reduce the likelihood of patient safety incidents happening again.


Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust - Patient Safety Improvement model
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust - Chronic Cough Service
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust - Patient Safety Translational Research Centre

2021 Winner
Hull University Teaching Hospitals - Eco Slide Sheet

Wards at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital were among the first in the country to use patient safety equipment made from recycled materials as part of Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust’s mission to reduce its impact on the environment. The eco-friendly ‘slide sheet’ is used to move patients safely in their beds and protect their skin from tissue damage caused by friction and shear.


University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHSFT - Redirooms / Medical Assessment Unit
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust - Clinical Assessment Unit
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Adult Eating Disorders Collaborative
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital - New Hospital Beds

2020 Winner
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

In May this year, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust announced that it had developed CareScan+, a point of care scanning solution used to enhance patient safety. CareScan+ uses the information contained within barcodes to identify patients and staff. It is also used to track and monitor the use of medical equipment, surgical implants and other medical supplies. CareScan+ was trialled in late 2019 and was used by clinical staff to scan items prior to being used in the operating theatre.

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Southern Health and Social Care Trust


2019 Winner

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Infection Control

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is leading an ambitious programme to drive forward improvements for patients having hip and knee replacement surgery across the NHS. Working with 30 organisations, the Quality Improvement in Surgical Teams collaborative (QIST) will ‘scale up’ clinical interventions to improve care for patients with mild anaemia, who are at a higher risk of needing a blood transfusion following surgery and of other complications. The project introduces screening for anaemia and treating patients with iron before surgery and has also evaluated the use of body wash and nasal gel treatments for patients carrying the bug. The overall aim is for these interventions to become routine clinical practice across the NHS.

Patient Safety Award 2019 Winner: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHSFT - Diabetes team
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust - Pathway Support Programme
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust - A&E imaging

2018 Winner

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Safety Huddles in which staff get together to discuss patient harms and safety issues. Staff from all roles take part in updating the team with information and insight into patient risk and the actions they plan to take to prevent harm. Staff who have participated in the huddles report they feel empowered and more confident in the huddle to speak about patient safety concerns. 90 per cent of wards now have a daily huddle.

Patient Safety Award 2018 Winner: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals’ NHS Trust

2017 Winner

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Aggression and violence are challenges within psychiatric facilities, particularly during medication rounds, meal times or handover periods. West London Forensic Services developed a series of measures to reduce the use of physical restraints, medication or seclusion. This has meant staff and patients can spend more time engaged in therapeutic activity or on other duties. It also has a significant benefit on staff morale and has the potential to improve staff retention.

Patient Safety Award 2017 Winner: West London Mental Health NHS Trust


University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group
North East London Foundation Trust/BHR Clinical Commissioning Group

2016 Winner

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Since taking over Wexham Park Hospital in 2014, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has brought about a remarkable turnaround, with the CQC now recognising a strong patient safety culture at the hospital. Avoidable harm rates have been significantly reduced, a ‘Sign up to Safety’ campaign saw 500 staff make personal pledges to improve safety and formal complaints at Heatherwood and Wexham Park fell by 62 per cent over the last year.

Patient Safety Award 2016 Winner Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Wirral University Teaching Hospital - Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy
Essex County Council - PROSPER Programme
NHS Fife - Patient Track
The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA)


2015 Winner

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation

The identification and treatment of sepsis is exemplary at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A set of six internationally recognised clinical interventions are performed within the first hour of diagnosis. These, including early prescription of antibiotics and administering oxygen, have helped to increase survival by up to 30 per cent.


NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG
The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust