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Patient Safety Challenge 2008

Patient Safety Challenge 2008

Congratulations to the Trusts who won awards at the recent Health Services Journal and Nursing Times Patient Safety Challenge 2008.

First place went to Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust followed by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust.


Image: Stephen Ramsden, Director of the Patient Safety First Campaign, with ecstatic first place winners from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust.

Two additional awards were presented to Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust for ‘Working with Patients’ and Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for ‘Most Improved’.

Stephen Ramsden, Director of the Patient Safety First Campaign, who presented the Awards said: “It was great to see the high level of commitment and teamwork from entrants. Events like these are important in improving work practises to ensure patient safety is everyone’s first priority”.

Sponsored by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and The Health Foundation, 27 teams participated in the Challenge which provided an innovative and practical way of building and testing their ability to manage patient safety.

Trusts entered teams of up to six players from key roles across their organisation as a fictional healthcare organisation.  Teams undertook a number of specific tasks throughout the day, designed to simulate challenging occasions that they might experience should a patient safety incident occur.  Their success in the challenge was determined by performance in these tasks and through observation of their behaviour throughout the day.

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Sponsored by: National Patient Safety Agency Sponsored by: Institute for Innovation and Improvement Sponsored by: The Health Foundation