Proud to be shortlisted for HSJ award

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is proud have been shortlisted for two prestigious HSJ Value Awards for two of our programmes.

We were nominated for the ‘Improving the value of diagnostic services’ award with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and our Improvement Academy for its Safety Huddles programme.

The Improvement Academy’s Director of Nursing, Alison Lovatt, said “I feel that being shortlisted is confirmation that our hard work over the last 3 years has been worth it and recognises the fantastic achievements  of all the front-line teams we’ve worked with”.

Safety huddles, led by senior clinicians, involve all levels of trained and untrained staff and provide important space for discussion of patient safety issues. Front-line teams at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are encouraged to integrate multi professional safety huddles into their routine clinical care as part of a systematic approach to reducing harm.

Patient safety huddles are clinically led and locally owned.  Key content for discussions are tested and adapted by the team to fit their local context. Examples include which patients most are most at risk from falls and pressure ulcers.

Some of the teams who have successfully embedded huddles into their ward routine have significantly reduced harm, such as falls, and have improved their scores in team safety culture surveys.

With funding support from the Health Foundation, over the past four years the Improvement Academy has supported nearly 200 teams across Yorkshire to implement Safety Huddles in their environments and studied the impact on reducing patient harm and improving team working and safety culture.

“I understand if a patient is at risk, more now than ever before because I don’t have to seek out information because any issues are highlighted by the huddle,” said a healthcare assistant.

“Team members work more cooperatively when caring for patients and are able to help each other more effectively,” said a staff nurse.

Watch the Improvement Academy’s Huddling Up for Safer Healthcare (HUSH) video here.

We are also proud to announce our project ‘Safer Prescribing for Frailty’ in partnership, with Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group,  (HaRD CCG) was nominated for the ‘Pharmacy and medicines optimisation’ HSJ Value Award.

The Safer Prescribing for Frailty project is supported by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, as part of its £1.5 million Innovating for Improvement programme.

As part of the Healthy Ageing Collaborative’s work, to reduce inappropriate prescribing and prevent harm from medication for older people living with frailty, the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Improvement Academy, in partnership with Connected Health Cities, support primary care teams from across the five CCGs currently hosted by the HaRD CCG Medicines Optimisation Team (MMT) to implement systematic evidence based medication reviews for people with frailty.

Harrogate and Rural District CCG Senior Pharmacist, Christopher Ranson, said “Our project brought together 12 primary care teams from across five Clinical commissioning groups to undertake a collaborative patient safety and quality improvement training to develop interventions to inappropriate prescribing and polypharmacy. The results really demonstrate all the hard work put in by the project team and the GP practices involved heave resulted in improving patient safety and reducing medication burden for patients”.

Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Medicines Optimisation Programme Lead, Tony Jamieson, said “Our Safer Prescribing for Frailty project has had an amazing impact on the culture of prescribing in the practices that took part. As well as a six per cent reduction in the items prescribed to people with frailly we have seen that both safety and the experience of care have been improved. Personally I am delighted that this project has been recognised by the HSJ Value Awards because the people who did all the work really deserve some credit.”

Read more about the Safer Prescribing for Frailty project here.

See the full listed of shortlisted nominees for HSJ Value Awards here.