Patient Safety Education and Training Award
Patient Safety Education and Training Award

Education and training give staff the skills and knowledge to deliver safe care and to embed safety within an organisation. This category focuses on the use of education and training to improve patient safety. These could be training initiatives on specific aspects of patient safety, with specific staff or volunteer groups, or more general programmes to raise awareness of safety.

Initiatives could include face-to-face courses or seminars, online training initiatives or work-based learning programmes. The judges are keen to see examples of training which have been delivered to multiple staff groups and brought different disciplines together to consider and improve patient safety.


Entries are welcomed from all NHS and public health and care sector organisations.


  • Provide a clear rationale for the education or training initiative, and provide context as to who was involved, and why it was required.
  • What was the ambition for the programme, how did it draw on, or differ from, existing best practice and at which groups was it aim?
  • Outline the targets set, and what measures were put in place to achieve them.


  • Clearly demonstrate the benefits of the learnings that were delivered on improvements in patient safety or quality of care.
  • Include patient and/or staff testimonials supporting the efficacy of the training.
  • Discuss any other positive outcomes that were a result of the training, which could include improved patient experience, waiting time reduction, capacity increase or optimised treatment pathways.
  • Where relevant, show how the training has delivered a cultural change, in which the organisation now has patient safety embedded at the heart of operations.


  • Demonstrate how the educational programme has been used across differing staff groups or departments, or show how it could be used in a wide range of settings and organisations.
  • To what extent has the educational programme been designed to allow continuous learning, and what follow-up opportunities have been offered to upskill further?
  • Provide evidence that the initiative or programme has been replicated and effective elsewhere.


  • Clearly evidence how the initiative has improved value. Where possible, this should include evidence of improved financial value as well as value to patients through improved quality of care and experience.
  • Provide testimonial evidence to show the positive impact the programme has had on staff knowledge, confidence and overall experience.


  • Provide clear evidence of involvement from relevant stakeholders during the development of the programme, including any proof of consultations, trials and testing of the materials where relevant.
  • Show how differing parties were engaged in the education programme, including managers, medics and nurses as well as patients and families, and how this has led to improved safety.
  • Demonstrate how the training supports a culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements.

To find out more

Partnership opportunities:  Natasha Dwyer, Head of Sponsorship Sales
Awards entry enquiries: Frank Willing, Delegate Sales Manager