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Northumbria named patient safety organisation of the year in awards hat-trick

Thursday, 04 July, 2019
Northumbria named patient safety organisation of the year in awards hat-trick

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has won a top national award for continually improving the safety and quality of patient care.

The trust was named patient safety organisation of the year and won two other awards at the 2019 HSJ Patient Safety Awards.

It was singled out for its continued focus on quality improvement and prioritising patient safety and quality – known as ‘The Northumbria Way’ – in its hospitals and community services.

The trust’s project to spearhead an ambitious programme to drive forward improvements for patients having hip and knee replacements across the NHS was named infection prevention and control initiative of the year.

Working with 30 organisations, the trust is scaling up clinical interventions – known as QIST (Quality Improvement for Surgical Teams) – to reduce infection rates from MSSA (Methicillin Sensitive Staphylococcus Auerus). The collaborative is evaluating the introduction of pre-screening and the use of body wash and nasal gel treatments for patients carrying the bug.

Another Northumbria-led national project won the perioperative and surgical care award for its work to improve care for older people who have had a hip fracture.

The programme – known as ‘hip qip’ – with six other NHS organisations has saved 119 more lives with reduced length of stay in hospital for patients and more than 100 extra patients returning to their own home rather than a nursing or residential home.

Northumbria was also highly commended in the mental health initiative of the year for work to enable women to reflect on their birth experience and to receive specialist psychological support where needed. The trust had the most nominations – nine – in the awards of any other entrant.

Sir James Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are constantly looking at how we can further improve the care we deliver to our patients and I am delighted that this focus has been recognised at the highest level.

“To be named patient safety organisation of the year is a huge honour and testament to the dedication of our teams to provide even better care and the culture of quality improvement we’ve embedded across our trust.

“The awards for our work to reduce infections for patients having joint surgery and improve hip fracture care among older people also demonstrate our drive to not only improve services for our own patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside but share our expertise, and learn from others, to benefit communities across the country.

“These awards are a massive boost for our hard-working teams and a springboard to branch out to other areas in order to make a difference to many more patients.”

Prof Mike Reed, clinical director for trauma and orthopaedics at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “I am delighted to win two awards for the national projects we’ve led to reduce infections for patients having hip and knee replacements and improve care for those who suffer a hip fracture and would like to congratulate everyone who has played a part.

“By joining together and working collaboratively we have shown that we can make real improvements for patients and, in the case of ‘hip qip’, save more than 100 extra lives.

“As a trust, we are extremely proud to be at the forefront of this work to improve patient care now and support further adoption across the NHS so many more patients can benefit in the future.”

HSJ bureau chief for quality and patient safety Shaun Lintern said: “Each of the winners exemplify the best of the NHS: working to improve the safety of their services and to deliver higher quality of care to their patients.

“All finalist projects selected by our independent judges are making a real difference, representing the vanguard of efforts in all healthcare settings to continuously improve and seek better outcomes.

“It was a privilege to celebrate with the winners and I hope other organisations and teams can learn from their example as we raise the bar on safety.”

Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680