Posted: April 10 2019
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust beats hundreds of entries to be shortlisted for prestigious HSJ patient Safety Awards.
The HSJ Patient Safety Awards recognise, reward and thank teams and individuals who continue to drive improved patient outcomes, despite the current challenges across the NHS landscape. According to the HSJ, this year has seen a staggering increase in entries from all over the NHS and wider healthcare industry, therefore to be shortlisted is quite an achievement.
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) has just been announced as a finalist in the category: Best Healthtech Solution for Patient Safety. This development was spearheaded by HCT’s Safeguarding Children, Public Health Nursing and IT specialists. It was also done in close partnership with Watford General Hospital and HCT’s Child Health Department which delivers information services across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. The result was an innovative safeguarding IT solution for sharing health information on children, cutting down on unnecessary documentation. This enables any child with any safeguarding issues to be identified far more quickly, if admitted to A&E.
This follows the news last month that HCT had also been shortlisted as finalists in two categories for the HSJ Value Awards, beating hundreds of other UK health organisations:
Community Health Service Redesign Award: Therapy Redesign within the Community Adults Health Service (CAHS). This is a transformational project to help improve access to occupational therapy and physiotherapy services whilst operating within a reduced budget.
Specialist Service Award: Positive Behaviour, Autism, Learning Disability and Mental Health Service (PALMS). This is an initiative which addressed an increase in demand for PALMS’ services, while providing high quality interventions to support more families and children with autism, learning disability and mental health issues.
Marion Dunstone, Director of Operations for HCT congratulated the trust’s shortlisted Child Health Department: ”We are all very proud that our hard-working colleagues in our Child Health Department have been selected as possible finalists for this prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Award. To get this far in the award process is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the professionalism and dedication of this team. Everyone joins me at HCT in wishing them the best of luck at the award ceremony in Manchester in early July.”
The final round of judging takes place in May when shortlisted organisations present their projects to a panel of experts and NHS leaders. A full list of all those trusts hoping to get these coveted awards is here. Winners will be announced Manchester Central, Manchester on the 2nd of July.
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