Patient Safety Pilot Project of the Year

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, 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.


  • Describe the initial scope of the pilot, and any amendments that have been made over time
  • Explain the initial targets and goals that were set, including how it can help make tangible improvements to the safe care of patients, or which reduce harm
  • Discuss what new targets (if applicable) are being set longer term
  • Judges are looking for starting point from which a percentage or quantitative improvement can be made.


  • In as much detail as possible, provide quantitative and qualitative evidence of success in the testing and initial implementation of the pilot project.
  • Judges will be looking for evidence which clearly shows improvements in patient safety from the starting place to the current position, and how this pilot could improve patient safety longer-term.
  • Describe the impact of your success in terms of some of the following areas
    • Clinical quality and quality of care
    • Patient and staff experience
    • Local and inter-organisational collaboration
    • Staff ability to perform and deliver better services
  • How are these results to be sustained and/or improved upon moving forward?


  • How, and to what extent, has the success of the pilot been communicated and shared elsewhere with the organisation or system?
  • How have or will patient safety leads be involved in the wider roll-out of this project?
  • Judges are looking for potential of application across other departments and in the wider health sector.


  • Describe the value created by the project so far.
  • Detail any ways in which the pilot benefited the patient, organisation or system outside of the original expectations. Judges will be looking for projects which not only have the capacity to reduce harm but has added to a positive experience for staff and patient.
  • Considering the potential of the project, what and where might value be achieved in the future?


  • Provide clear evidence surrounding the consultative measures taken to inform, involve and enable participation from end-users and patients in the design of the pilot.
  • Describe how staff, patients and other stakeholders across the organisation were engaged in the implementation of the pilot.
  • Share how feedback has been captured from these groups as the pilot has progressed, and what enhancements this has delivered.

To find out more

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