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NGH highly commended for patient safety work


Dr Jonathan Hardwick and Charlotte Hoodless, joined by members of the critical care outreach team.

Northampton General Hospital’s Patient Safety Improvement team led by Dr Jonathan Hardwick, Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety, are runners-up in a prestigious national safety award.

The team achieved Highly Commended in the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2022 in the Early Stage Patient Safety Innovation category at an awards event last night (October 24).

The team’s entry was called the Deteriorating Patient Task List. This is a safety checklist and patient safety improvement model which supports the early recognition of deterioration by triggering an appropriate response by clinical teams, and a real time data platform that drives learning from excellence by utilising the innovative IT solution provided by ibox dashboards.

Patient Safety Improvement Manager Charlotte Hoodless said: “I could not be prouder of the team for their commitment to patient safety and the dedication to recognising deterioration in patients. I am delighted that we have been recognised with a high commendation in the prestigious national safety award.”

Dr Jonathan Hardwick and Charlotte Hoodless attended the prestigious event last night at Manchester Central, joined by members of the critical care outreach team, Vikki Harrison and Helen Wood and the acute medical ward managers, Shannon Coughlan and Laura Allen, made possible with the support of the Northamptonshire Greenheart health charity.

Six other hospitals were shortlisted for the finals of the Early Stage Patient Safety Innovation category which was won by Yeovil District Hospital.

The HSJ awards recognise and reward the hard-working teams and individuals who are striving to deliver improved patient care. The awards event was held at the end of the first day of a Patient Safety Congress.

Other finalists did well

The NGH Patient Safety Team were also shortlisted for its Deteriorating Patients Task List in another award category - the Deteriorating Patients and Rapid Response Initiative of the Year.

Finalists from Kettering General Hospital included:

  • Its Acute Illness Response (AIR) team in two categories - the Patient Safety Team of the Year and Deteriorating Patient and Rapid Response Initiative of the Year categories.
  • The hospital’s Interim Medical Director, Rabia Imtiaz, and Medical Directorate Project Manager, Claire Knibb were also finalists in the changing culture category for a shared learning initiative called Yokoten and one to promote kindness, goodwill and civility, called Compassionism.
  • And the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group (UHN) – which runs both Kettering and Northampton general hospitals – was a finalist in the Digital System and Process Development Award category for the way it is using digital tools to ensure frail patients are cared for in the right location for their needs.

All-in-all at the event there were 171 finalists and 23 winners at the annual event.

Posted on Tuesday 25th October 2022
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