Perioperative and Surgical Care Award
In 2009, the NHS became the first healthcare system in the world to mandate the use of the World Health Organization’s surgical safety checklist. That this has helped improved the safety of surgery is in little doubt, but it is equally clear there is always further to go – not least in reducing the incidence of never events such as wrong site surgery to zero.
Important too is ensuring that safety is central to care during the immediate pre-surgery and post-surgery periods. Increasingly, this will include developing clear procedures 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 ways to deliver consistently safe care. Our judges are interested both in projects to reduce specific perioperative and surgical safety risks as well as initiatives which boost surgical and perioperative safety in a more general sense. Entries are welcomed from across the NHS and private sector.
Outline a clear rationale for the work including the context of the initiative or improvements in safety, the goals and measures. Include a clear explanation of the work drew on existing best practice in surgical care through the perioperative period.
Evidence safety for surgical care patients improved as a direct result of the initiative. This should be quantitative and can focus on one or multiple aspects of care. Evidence the patient safety 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 to other organisations, or which could demonstrably be replicated by other organisations
Evidence the initiative has improved value. Where possible, this should include evidence of improved financial value as well as value to patients through improved quality and experience.
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 and families. Include evidence of a culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements.