As the first point of contact for most patients seeking healthcare, the delivery of safe primary care is a critical component of ensuring a sustainable NHS. The NHS Long Term Plan described several new ways of working in primary and community care that can increase the focus on patient safety, including the development of integrated care services, the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service, and the work of ‘extensivists’ – GPs working in the community but able to follow patients into hospital. The advent of primary care networks also brings further opportunities to promote a safety culture and focus on continuous quality improvement and patient safety in primary care.
The covid-19 pandemic has led to a significant transformation in primary care delivery over recent months, with patient safety and infection prevention at the heart of these changes. This award will recognise primary care teams that have found new ways to deliver consistently safe care despite the challenges of covid-19, or who were driving significant improvements in patient safety pre-pandemic.
This award is open to all NHS primary care teams who can demonstrate improved patient safety and outcomes.