Perioperative and Surgical Care Initiative of the Year
Perioperative and Surgical Care Initiative of the Year

How to apply

  1. Register an account.
  2. Start your entry (save it in-progress).
  3. Submit your entry to be in the running.

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For any questions, please contact Ryan Bessent


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The use of the WHO’s surgical safety checklist over the past decade has helped improve the safety of surgery across the NHS, however there is always further to go – not least in reducing the incidence of never events such as wrong site surgery to zero.

Despite the significant reduction in capacity for routine and elective procedures that has been a result of the covid-19 pandemic over recent months, and the additional safety protocols required to safely restart services, significant numbers of operations continue to be carried out each week.  To ensure safety remains central to care during the immediate pre-surgery and post-surgery periods, clear procedures are being developed across the NHS for pre-operative assessments and enhanced recovery programmes once a procedure is complete, to bolster safety throughout the perioperative period.

This award will recognise surgical teams finding new ways to deliver consistently safe care, despite the challenges of covid-19.


Judges are interested both in projects reducing specific perioperative and surgical safety risks, as well as initiatives boosting surgical and perioperative safety in a more general sense. Entries are accepted from across the NHS and public sector.


  • Provide a clear rationale for the work, and provide context as to why the initiative or improvements were required.
  • What was the ambition for the project, and how did this draw on, or differ from, existing best practice in surgical care through the perioperative period?
  • Outline the targets set for patient safety and quality improvement, and what measures were put in place to achieve them.


  • Clearly demonstrate the benefits of the initiative on quality of care, using quantitative evidence to show tangible positive impacts on the safety of surgical care patients.
  • Discuss any other positive outcomes that were a result of the initiative, which could include improved patient experience, waiting time reduction, capacity increase or optimised treatment pathways.
  • Include patient and/or staff testimonials supporting the efficacy of the initiative.


  • Show how these improvements in provision of safe, high-quality perioperative surgical care are replicable and scalable.
  • Outline the efforts made to share best practice, or examples of where this project has embedded and spread to other departments, settings or organisations.


  • Clearly evidence how the initiative has improved value for patients and staff, in terms of patient experience, staff satisfaction and quality of care.
  • If possible, provide evidence of value creation in other areas, in terms of increased capacity, reduced costs, reduced variation and/or improved efficiencies.


  • Show how patients were involved in decisions around their care, and their views were embedded in the design of the initiative
  • Provide clear evidence of a multidisciplinary approach, with all relevant parties fully engaging in the work, including managers, medics and nurses as well as patients and families, and how this has led to improved safety.
  • Detail how a culture has been developed in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements.

Perioperative and Surgical Care Initiative of the Year

Perioperative and Surgical Care Initiative of the Year
Perioperative and Surgical Care 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