Trust wins HSJ Patient Safety awards

A photo of the team from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals as they celebrate winning an HSJ Patient Safety Award at an event in Manchester.

Members of the team celebrate winning an HSJ Patient Safety award for the ED Navigator service.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has been recognised for its work to improve patient care, winning top categories at the recent HSJ Patient Safety Awards. 

The Trust won two awards and was highly commended in a third category. It won the award for Improving Care for Children and Young People Initiative of the Year, for its ED Navigator Service. This service works to provide support for young people who attend hospital with violence-related injuries and was described by the award organisers as “remarkable work which supported outcomes for children, young people and families.” 

Then a joint project between Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and Lancashire Constabulary won the Best Use of Integrated Care and Partnership Working award. Operation Provide is a multi-agency programme which supports victims of domestic abuse across Blackpool, the Fylde Coast and North Lancashire. Judges found the entry “original and impactful.” 

Hazel Gregory, Head of Safeguarding at the Trust, said: “I feel immensely proud and am delighted that both of these projects that were innovative, original and responsive have been recognised by peers across all sectors. 

“The difference being made to victims of both of these services is huge and victims remind us of that every day.” 

Meanwhile, the Trust was highly commended in the category of Patient Safety Pilot Project of the Year for its work to reduce Hospital Acquired Pneumonia (HAP), which is associated with issues including increased mortality and length of stay in hospital. 

A photo of colleagues from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals celebrate being named as a highly commended finalist for an HSJ Patient Safety Award.

The team celebrates their highly commended award.

Jess Murphy, Quality Improvement Programme Manager at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “What an amazing night to connect with one another and celebrate all the incredible successes at Blackpool. 

“It was incredible to receive a high commendation for our work on preventing hospital acquired pneumonia, especially as this raises the profile that HAP is preventable through simple interventions.” 

The HSJ Patient Safety Awards has the ambition of helping ‘drive improvements in culture and quality across the NHS.’ 

The annual awards recognise and reward the hard-working teams and individuals who strive to deliver improved patient care. In total, the Trust was shortlisted in six categories. 

The event took place on Monday night at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

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