Trust ‘highly commended’ in two categories at most prestigious healthcare awards

Trust ‘highly commended’ in two categories at most prestigious healthcare awards
11 July 2018

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has been ‘highly commended’ in two categories at the most prestigious awards in healthcare safety.

The Trust was honoured in the ‘Changing Culture’ and ‘Patient Safety Team of the Year’ sections at the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards 2018.

Winners were named in 20 categories at a ceremony hosted by Reverend Richard Coles on the first evening of the Patient Safety Congress in Manchester.

Now in their tenth year, the awards recognise individuals, teams and organisations which have gone above and beyond in their commitment to deliver consistently safe care.

The Trust’s two honours follow its shortlisting in the ‘Changing Culture’ category in 2017.  

Chief Executive Michele Moran said she was “delighted” the Trust had not only gone one better in this year’s awards but picked up a second ‘highly commended’ accolade in another category.

“Gaining these accolades is a testament to our staff’s hard work, dedication and determination to deliver outstanding patient care,” she said.

“These honours, which are highly respected throughout the healthcare sector, show that our efforts are beginning to pay off.

“We are not, however, complacent and will continue to do our best to deliver the improvements to patient safety that our patients, carers and commissioners deserve and expect.”

Judges commended the Trust in the ‘Changing Culture’ category following its work to reduce restrictive interventions on patients cared for by its inpatient mental health and learning disability teams.

The judges highly commended the Trust's ‘Patient Safety Team of the Year’ in response to its efforts to reduce restrictive interventions and incidents of suicide and self-harm.

Salli Midgley, who drafted the Trust’s submissions while serving as its Assistant Director of Nursing (Operations), said: “Whilst it is acknowledged we have more to do, there is a real sense of achievement from staff that their hard work and commitment to learn, implement findings from reviews and action plans is recognised in the wider health economy.”

More than 175 candidates were shortlisted for the awards, which were presented during a ceremony at Manchester Central attended by Ms Midgley and former colleagues from the Trust.