Clinical Governance and Risk Management in Patient Safety Award
Clinical Governance and Risk Management Award

The delivery of healthcare can never be entirely free of risk. That means that increasing patient safety is often a case of minimising those risks to the greatest extent possible. It is assessing and thinking through potential dangers – as well as adverse events and near misses – and then taking appropriate action. Part of this will be to regularly audit processes and ways of working, to reduce variation across an organisation and between teams servicing patients. This might lead to additional training and education for staff, or an increased focus on compliance with the latest evidence-based guidance. Incorporating a human factors and ergonomics approach to pre-empt safety risks also plays a big part in reducing avoidable harm.

This award will recognise a team or organisation that has managed an effective clinical audit and remediation programme to ensure continuous high-quality care, and reduce either a specific risk, or improved safety by using human factors theory to help re-design the system and policy or in a broader sense.


Applications are accepted for all teams from across the NHS or public health and care sector.


  • Describe the structural context in which risk management and clinical governance is accomplished, including the main stakeholders, processes, targets and measurement.
  • Explain how the risk assessment strategy drew on existing knowledge and best practice. This should include learning from previous adverse events or near misses, whether within the organisation or beyond.


  • Evidence that adverse events have fallen as a direct result of strong risk assessment and management. This must be quantitative, and can focus on one or more aspects of care
  • Show how risk assessment and management has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care – this should have a quantitative aspect but can also include qualitative measures such as patient feedback.
  • What other benefits have been realised by the strategy?


  • Demonstrate how the initiative has embedded and spread throughout the organisation.
  • Alternatively, show how this work could be replicated and scaled in other settings or organisations.


  • Describe the measurement of value being applied whether that be financial in terms of reduced litigation or reduction in adverse incidents.
  • Clearly evidence how the risk management strategy has improved the lives of patients and staff, in terms of patient experience, staff satisfaction and quality of care.
  • If possible, provide evidence of value creation in other areas, including in terms of increased capacity, improved efficiencies or any other value.


  • Provide clear evidence of a multidisciplinary approach, with all relevant parties fully engaging in the work, including staff at all levels as well as patients and families.
  • Demonstrate how the initiative has helped develop a culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements.
Clinical Governance and Risk Management in Patient Safety Award
Clinical Governance and Risk Management Award

To find out more

Contact Ryan Bessent for information on how to get involved with the Patient Safety Awards 2021 on 0207 608 9045 or email at