Best use of integrated care and partnership working in patient safety award

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For any questions, please contact Luke Adeniran

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As part of the shift towards truly integrated care pathways, efforts to dissolve traditional barriers between NHS and other public sector organisations are becoming ever-more important. Partnering with other organisations across your local health economy over the long term or over fixed term projects can result in innovative solutions and improvements both financially and in terms of efficiency. There are undoubtedly challenges along the way, however if overcome, real patient benefits can be delivered.

This award recognises those collaborations and partnerships that keep patient safety as a core consideration. Broadly speaking the partnership may or may not have patient safety as its primary goal yet demonstrable improvements in the care of patients and the avoidance of harm are what the judges are looking to recognise in this award


Health and care partnerships from the NHS such as those with Health Innovation Networks, multi trust and ICS collaborations, universities and with organisations in social care are welcomed to submit projects to be reviewed. Judges are looking for initiatives which have demonstrably improved patient safety. Multi-way partnerships that include independent healthcare providers will be considered if the NHS organisation is the primary entrant, but there must be more public than private sector involvement overall.


  • Describe the context in which the partnership was created, and the wider vision for patient safety and quality of care giving clear statistics on the existing situation.
  • Describe the project or initiative, including an outline of the goals set, what checks and balances were in place, and how success could be measured.
  • Show how learning from previous adverse events or near misses was utilised to identify the parameters and goals of the partnership. 


  • Evidence how patient safety has improved as a direct result of the initiative, providing quantitative examples of care enhancements which have reduced harm and adverse events, or improved reporting, culture or experiences.
  • Show how your work has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care.
  • Describe any additional benefits of taking an integrated or partnership approach.


  • Describe how the differing partners have worked together to ensure best practice learning surrounding risk reduction and avoidance of harm has been disseminated. 
  • Discuss to what extent best practices or innovations generated by the partnership have been adopted by other departments or organisations within the wider STP/ICS. 


  • Describe the value which has been achieved, in terms of efficiency, patient outcomes, and reduction in adverse incidents, over and above what a single NHS organisation could have delivered alone.  
  • To what extent has the partnership delivered any additional benefits to patient experience such as reduced waiting times, improved communication, or ease of service access? 
  • Describe, with supporting evidence, any monetary impact of patient safety improvements – has the partnership delivered value for money? 


  • Evidence how frontline clinicians, patients, relatives and key stakeholders from all organisations involved within the partnership were engaged within the development of new initiatives and improvement.
  • Describe how the partnership has contributed to the development of a safety culture across the local health economy.
  • Judges are particularly looking for evidence that consultation continues to take place between all parties to ensure continuous improvement and innovation, whether the partnership remains in place or has come to an end. 

Best use of integrated care and partnership working in patient safety award

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