Clinical Governance & Risk Management in Patient Safety Award
The delivery of healthcare can never be entirely free of risk. That means that increasing patient safety is often a case of minimising those risks to the greatest extent possible. It is assessing and thinking through potential dangers – as well as adverse events and near misses – and then taking appropriate action. Part of this process will be to reduce variation across and organisation and between teams servicing patients and might include training and education. Judges will also be interested in how an organisation wide approach to speaking up and improved culture can affect risk management.
This award will recognise a team or organisation from the NHS or private healthcare provider which has managed such assessment and delivery. Entries can focus on assessing and reducing specific risks or look at safety in a broader sense.
Describe the structural context in which risk management and clinical governance is accomplished, including the main stakeholders, processes, targets and measurement.
An explanation of how the risk assessment strategy drew on existing knowledge and best practice. This should include learning from previous adverse events or near misses, whether within the organisation or beyond.
Evidence that adverse events have fallen as a direct result of strong risk assessment and management. This should be quantitative and can focus on one or multiple aspects of care.
Evidence risk assessment and management has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care. This should have a quantitative aspect but can also include qualitative data as appropriate.
Initiatives which have spread widely within an organisation and/or to other organisations. Alternatively, evidence the work could easily be replicated elsewhere. What efforts have been made to ensure best practice is shared?
Describe the measurement of value being applied whether that be financial in terms of reduced litigation or reduction in adverse incidents. Provide evidence of the achievements giving emphasis of improved patient experience and outcomes.
Clear evidence of a multidisciplinary approach, with all relevant parties fully engaging in the work. This should include managers, medics and nurses, as well as patients where appropriate. A culture in which staff feel able to raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements A culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements