Southmead & Frenchay Hospital patient safety initiatives receive national recognition

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

North Bristol NHS Trust has received four shortlist nominations in the national finals of the Patient Safety Awards 2013.

The nominations are for new initiatives or ways of working to improve safety for patients across Frenchay and Southmead hospitals and in our community health services.

The nominations include:

The Pharmacy Service, Trust-wide: are shortlisted in the Improving Safety in Medicines Management category for establishing improved systems to ensure a patient is taking the correct medicines on admission to hospital. 

Principal Pharmacist Jane Smith said: “We are focused on ensuring that patients are on the right medication at the right time, whether that is at home, when they arrive at hospital or when they are discharged. Internationally this project is being used as an example of good practice so we are really pleased to have such recognition.”

Elgar 4 Ward, Southmead Hospital: A team made of up Resuscitation Services Manager Alan Howe, Patient Safety Facilitator Abigail Wadowski, Consultant in Medicine Dr Seema Srivastava and staff from Elgar Ward 4 at Southmead Hospital, have been shortlisted for two categories: Patient Safety in Care for Older People and Patient Safety in Acute Care.

Alan Howe, Resuscitation Services Manager, explained: “In hospital the majority of patients will show signs of becoming unwell before a cardiac arrest happens so we developed an improvement package which identified those patients at risk of deteriorating and five simple steps to help reduce the likelihood of a patients going on to have a cardiac arrest.

“Since its implementation in November 2010 Elgar 4 ward has experienced only one cardiac arrest and also went for 727 days without any at all.”

The Patient Falls Prevention Group, Trust-wide: are also finalists in the Patient Safety in Care for Older People category.

Dr Seema Srivastava, falls lead for North Bristol Trust, Louise Thompson, ward manager for Elgar Ward 4 along with the Trust's Patient Falls Prevention Group have been working with

doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, portering staff and managers to reduce the risk of patients falling in hospital.

Falls can happen in hospital as patients are unwell, disorientated or less mobile and can result in serious injuries, a longer hospital stay and a higher chance of being discharged to a care home.

The group monitored the factors which contributed to falls and put in place changes to working practices across the Trust leading to a significant reduction in patients falling and in serious injuries caused by falls.

These and other initiatives shortlisted for the awards will be shared across the NHS nationally as best practice.

Marie-Noelle Orzel, Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “It is fantastic that North Bristol NHS Trust has four finalists in the prestigious national Patient Safety Awards 2013.

“This is an unprecedented number in a single year for the Trust.

“High quality, safe care is the focus of everything we do which is why it is important that we are being recognised for the volume and quality of the patient safety work going on across the Trust.” 

Finalists for the national Patient Safety Awards 2013 were chosen by a panel of independent judges. Recognising the best patient safety initiatives, these awards share essential expertise, knowledge and learning across the health service; offering individuals and organisations an invaluable opportunity to increase the profile of their work.

The awards will be presented on July 9 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.