The 10th BMJ Awards took place in London on Thursday 10 May in London and the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) was awarded the title Patient Safety Team of the Year.
Collecting the award at the ceremony were Sandra Akintola; Clinical Project Lead for Bristol Community Health, Anne Pullyblank and GP Alison Tavare; Clinical Director for the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative.
The annual BMJ Awards showcase knowledge and experience to inspire others, giving exposure to teams who demonstrate courage and passion for overcoming challenges in our common mission to improve outcomes for patients and communities across the UK.
The Patient Safety Award is given to teams that are leading the way in improving patient safety and providing better outcomes.
The judges recognised the impact the AHSN have made to patient outcomes in the West of England across the entire health community. They have taken a whole system, collaborative approach towards patient safety, in particular through the deteriorating patient programme, including sepsis awareness and the use of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS, and now NEWS2) across all handovers of care. Read more about their work to improve care for deteriorating patients here.
This Patient Safety Team of the Year Award went to all members of the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative, comprising of NHS provider and commissioner organisations.
Celia Ingham Clark, Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness, NHS England, sent this message to the team: “Many congratulations on winning the BMJ Award last night for your work on NEWS. It’s very well-deserved and you are a real example for other parts of the country to follow. Well done!”
Matt Inada-Kim, National Clinical Advisor on Sepsis (NHS England) and Deterioration (NHS Improvement), said: “I am so pleased for the West of England AHSN team. They have given the rest of the country a glimpse of what the NHS could be like in every part of the country.
“The standardisation across an entire region, with a single language of sickness, across all pathways of care and environments has demonstrably reduced deaths from Suspicion of Sepsis, and is a powerful example of the value of marrying quality improvement with outcomes data measurement.”
James Scott, Vice Chair of the West of England AHSN and Chief Executive of Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are extremely pleased to receive national recognition in the form of this BMJ Award for our regional work on patient safety. Through our collaborative approach from day one, all NHS provider organisations in the West of England have played a vital role in our success to date and I’d like to thank everyone for their commitment and contribution.”