Achieving accuracy in medicines administration – the right drug, the right dose, the right mode of administration and the right patient – is a clear patient safety standard. However, a report commissioned by the DHSC in 2018 suggested that there were 237 million ‘medication errors’ each year across the NHS in England, with 66 million of these potentially clinically significant.
This award seeks to recognise organisations that have reduced or eliminated drug errors – from minor to those with serious and even fatal consequences. Judges are interested in any initiative designed to improve safety in the use of medications. Initiatives could span several areas, including safe packaging and labelling design, safer prescribing methods, improvements in understanding of human-factor error, the use of metrics to drive a reduction in the risk of harm or changes to administration protocols.. Judges are particularly keen to see how patient experience has improved as a result and that teams and organisations have worked together to solve a problem.
Entries are accepted from NHS organisations and primary care pharmacy teams improving the safe administration of medicines.