• Describe the organisation(s) and the patient safety dynamic including the key stakeholders.
  • Outline the goals and initiatives set for improvement, and how these are continuously measured and updated over time.
  • Explain how the programme evolves to meet the latest best practice guidelines – judges are looking for an iterative programme with constant change


  • Evidence that the QI initiative has resulted in an improvement in safety for patients.
  • This must include a quantitative aspect, and can focus on one or more aspects of care
  • Show how the QI initiative has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care – this should have a quantitative aspect but can also include qualitative measures such as patient feedback.
  • What other benefits have been realised by the initiative?


  • Demonstrate how the initiative has embedded and spread throughout the organisation.
  • Alternatively, show how this work could be replicated and scaled in other 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 adverse events (and therefore investigatory or litigation costs) and/or improved efficiencies.
  • Provide testimonials from patients and stakeholders to help support the entry.


  • Show how patients remain involved in decisions around their care as the programme evolves, and how their views are embedded in the design of the initiative
  • Provide clear evidence of a multidisciplinary approach, with all relevant parties fully engaging in the work, including staff at all levels as well as patients and families.
  • Demonstrate how the initiative has helped develop a culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements.

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