Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year
Bolstering patient safety isn’t a one-off exercise. It requires a dedication to iterative change, to constant measurement and to putting the ability to drive change into the hands of those who are delivering care. In other words, it requires a process of quality improvement.
This award will recognise an outstanding quality improvement initiative. Our judges are looking for teams that have applied a rigorous approach to identifying problems and an equally rigorous approach to solving them. They want to see evidence of a dedication to understanding performance data and to acting on it – with the result that patients receive better, safer, more reliable care.
Entries are welcomed from all NHS and health sector organisations who are engaged in continuous and tangible improvements in patient safety. Any organisation, group, collaborative or association delivering health and social care.
Describe the organisation and the patient safety dynamic including the key stakeholders. Outline the targets set for improvements and how these are continuously measured and updated. Judges are looking for iterative and constant change and updating of the initiative.
Evidence safety has improved as a direct result of the quality improvement initiative. This should be quantitative and can focus on one or multiple aspects of care. Include evidence the quality improvement initiative has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently higher 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 particularly include frontline clinicians and patients and families. Include a description of the culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements.