South West Success at the national 2016 Patient Safety Awards

Teams from across Devon and Cornwall have won top prizes at this year’s Patient Safety Awards, held this summer at an inspirational ceremony in Manchester alongside the Patient Safety Congress.

Now in their 8th year, the Awards continue to recognise and reward outstanding practice within the NHS and independent healthcare organisations for innovations within the patient safety arena.

The South West Zero Suicide Collaborative won the National Patient Safety in Mental Health Award with funding and support coming from the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) and the Strategic Clinical Network (SCN).

Bringing together people and organisations from across the South West to share knowledge, skills and information, the Zero Suicide Collaborative was established to support local network groups in developing practical suicide prevention plans.

With the ambitious aim of reducing suicide to zero across the South West by October 2018, the Collaborative shares knowledge from other suicide prevention initiatives nationally and internationally on the interventions that make the most impact. Although there is a long road still ahead, this Award signifies the progress and success that has already been achieved in this important area of mental health support.

The other major South West winner on the night was the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) which won the Best Emerging Product or Innovation in Patient Safety Award for The Llama Safety App.

Developed by the Blood Transfusion team, the app is being seen as a significant advance with judges describing it as a project that ‘fills a gap in the market and has a terrific focus on patient safety.’

The app operates on a handheld device used to verify that blood samples for typing are from the patient whose name appears on the label by enforcing a safety protocol for scanning name badges and label printing. The system is now live in 40 inpatient areas across RCHT’s three hospitals and its potential for transfer to other clinical tasks has already been spotted.

The Neurology Team’s win in the Education & Training category at the Awards is the result of their work with colleagues at Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, Plymouth University and charity SUDEP Action. It further endorses the success of the EpSMon app which is transforming the way people with epilepsy monitor and react to changes in their health. It is based on a SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist and is clearly showing improved communication, safety and its life-saving potential.

The SW AHSN provided ongoing support to assist with its development and is delighted that all the hard work and success has been recognised.

Over 650 submissions were received for this year’s Patient Safety Awards and underlines the important role that innovative developments are playing in improving patient safety. It is great news for innovation in care across our pioneering region that three major initiatives from the South West were recognised in these highly competitive national awards.

 For more information about all of the winners click here

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