To make step changes in quality and safety, and enable continuous improvement, calculated risks must be taken. The implementation of a test bed or pilot helps to reduce this risk, and provides a more robust foundation on which to alter ways of working for the longer term. It also enables a period of reflection, review, and enhancement to ensure the proposed changes remain in the best interests of the patient, organisation, and staff.
This award celebrates the pilot projects and innovations that can’t yet supply reams of clinical evidence but show true promise in delivering demonstrable and positive consequences for patient safety. Though not necessarily supported by long-term evidence from the field the potential for reductions in harm, changes in process or treatment resulting in better safer care must be intrinsic the to design and application of the innovation.
Entries are welcomed from all parts of the NHS and public sector including AHSN and academic institutions that can demonstrate the obvious potential for improvements in the safe care of patients. Initiatives large and small are welcome to submit, but the solution must be at a testing or pilot phase within the healthcare setting.