Partners' news: patient safety team win prestigious award
Monday 4th November 2019
A team of healthcare professionals at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) has been awarded the Shared Learning Award for their outstanding contributions to improving patient safety.
‘Sharing How We Care’ work was selected as the winners of the Shared Learning Award by a panel at the Patient Safety Learning Awards in London, 2019. As a result, the Trust has seen a 40% decrease in the number of serious incidents reported.
The award recognises the teams’ annual conference as a forum to share good practice and insights around exemplary healthcare practice. This also includes a monthly newsletter which focuses on aspects of patient’s safety, experience and clinical improvements. This format is now easily accessible by key staff.
The Trust has implemented several changes to care over the last 12 months, based on feedback received from patients, visitors and staff. The hospitals recently introduced extended visiting hours, protected mealtimes (where non-urgent clinical activity stops) to encourage eating and moving about, helpful bedside information folders and ‘traffic light hats’ for new-born babies to signify the temperature needs of babies.
Cindy Storer, Acting Deputy Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “We’re so pleased that the work through Sharing How We Care at the Trust has been recognised. We’ve seen real improvements in the quality of the care we provide as a direct result of this shared learning. These results reflect the commitment from all of our staff to support Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals to become the safest Trust in England.”