Patient Safety in the Community Award
Community health services offer an enormously diverse range of support to patients from community nursing, to care at end of life, to intermediate care. Delivering healthcare in the community often involves clinicians working largely independently, with the care setting sometimes a patient’s home. The needs of patients are more complex than ever, yet staff may not always have access to the support and equipment taken for granted in acute hospitals.
This award will recognise community teams or organisations which have successfully improved the safety of the care they deliver.
Entries are welcomed from any part of the community sector and can focus on any aspect of safety. Examples might include projects to reduce falls at home, to improve wound chronic wound management, to reduce incidents of malnutrition, or to improve communication between bodies in the community sector.
Provide a description of the context of community care and safety in the locality or organisation. Explain how the initiative drew on existing knowledge and best practice. This should include learning from previous adverse events or near misses, whether within the organisation or beyond. Describe the targets and goals and the key stakeholders involved.
Evidence that safety has improved as a direct result of the initiative. This should be quantitative and can focus on one or multiple aspects of care. Evidence the initiative 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 a local health economy and/or to other organisations beyond the area. Alternatively, evidence the work could easily be replicated elsewhere.
Clear evidence the initiative has delivered improved value. Wherever possible, this should include financial savings as well as patient experience improvements. Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied.
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