Improving care for children and young people initiative of the year

As children and young people represent over a third of our country, it is no wonder that child health was placed front and centre of the NHS Long Term Plan. Designing systems around the needs of young people, increasing the use of technology and finding ways to empower patients and carers to keep children at home where they feel safest are just some of the ways that the NHS are ensuring the best interests of children and young people are met.

Our judges will be looking for work that increases the quality as well as the safety of patient experience, perhaps by making it easier for multiple healthcare professionals to feed into an individual’s care, or ensuring children (and not just their parents) are involved in decisions around their care. This award will celebrate and recognise those organisations acting to provide consistently safe, high quality care to children and young people


Entrants for this award can be any organisation from across NHS trusts, community and primary care as well as other public sector bodies improving healthcare for children.


  • Describe the context of care given to children and young people, including descriptions of all organisations responsible
  • Identify the need for improvement in care and what steps were taken to put this initiative in place
  • Outline the goals set, what checks and balances were in place, and how success could be measured
  • Explain how the initiative was informed by existing best practice or evidence


  • Evidence that the initiative has led to an improvement in patient care as a direct result of the initiative
  • This must include a quantitative aspect, and can cover any aspect of the safe delivery of care but can also include qualitative measures such as patient feedback.
  • Discuss how the initiative has helped improve integration across organisations in the care of children and young people, and how this has led to improved safety
  • What other benefits have been realised as a result of the project?


  • Provide evidence that your patient safety improvements have potential in other settings or organisations
  • How have the achievements been replicated or scaled to other departments, specialisms or organisations?
  • Describe any work that partner or collaborating organisations have done to share results


  • Demonstrate how the initiative has enhanced the patient experience or ability of staff to manage care more effectively
  • Consider the impacts of the initiative on reducing attendance and bringing care closer to the patient
  • Outline how any collaborative or partnership work, redesign of pathways or treatments, or training has helped deliver financial value as well as value to the patient.
  • Provide testimonials from patients and stakeholders to help support the entry.


  • Show how children and young people were involved in decisions around their care, and their views were embedded in the design of the initiative
  • Display how other relevant parties were involved in the initiative, including parents, carers, collaborating organisations, key stakeholders and staff, and how this has led to improved safety.
  • Demonstrate how strong partnerships across a care economy have been developed, including with the third sector as appropriate
Improving care for children and young people initiative of the year

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