Trust shortlisted for national patient safety award

Posted: May 6, 2015

Trust's commitment to patient safety recognised by CHKS

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's commitment to providing all patients with a high standard of safe and quality care has been recognised by a national healthcare organisation. 

CHKS, the country's leading provider of health intelligence and quality improvement services, has nominated the Trust for a prestigious Top Hospitals Award in the category of Patient Safety. 

The national award highlights outstanding performance from healthcare organisations up and down the country which have provided their patients with a safe hospital environment. 

Nominees for the award are chosen after a panel of judges have compared each Trust's performance against a range of specific indicators. 

Some of the indicators for the 2015 award included the number of patients who contracted sepsis following an operation and the number of pressure ulcers in patients who have been in hospital longer than four days, both of which are included as priorities in the Trust's Sign up to Safety pledge. 

"Absolutely fantastic news"

Julie Marshman, Deputy Director of Quality Governance, said: "This award nomination is absolutely fantastic news and I'd like to thank every member of staff who has worked incredibly hard over the last year to make this possible. 

"Patient safety has always been the Trust's number one priority and to have our work recognised by our peers at a national level is incredibly rewarding. 

"I have seen first-hand some of the really terrific work taking place all over the Trust, from raising awareness of harmful conditions such as Acute Kidney Injury to ensuring that all staff are familiar with the Sepsis Six pathway." 

The introduction of the Sepsis Six, a series of steps designed to help medics identify and treat sepsis quickly, has already proved incredibly effective with 80 per cent of severe sepsis patients now making a full recovery, which is considerably higher than the national average.  

"A credit to all the staff"

Jason Harries, Managing Director of CHKS, added: "Our patient safety award highlights those trusts that clearly share a commitment to driving improvement and engendering a culture of excellence. It is a credit to the staff at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that it has been shortlisted for this award." 

Winners of the all the awards will be announced during a ceremony in London on Tuesday 19 May.

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