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ICHP are winners at HSJ Patient Safety Awards

We are proud to announce that our Suspicion of Sepsis (SOS) Insights Dashboard has won the HSJ Patient Safety Award 2019 for ‘Best Emerging Solution for Patient Safety’.

The judges said: “We were particularly impressed with the collaborative work this team undertook and the scale and pace of this project. We also commend the ambitious plans for further development.

The SOS Dashboard has been created by Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) through the Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC), in collaboration with NHS Improvement’s Patient Safety Measurement Unit and NHS England and Improvement, building on the methodology for measuring sepsis previously published by Oxford AHSN.

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition. Without early identification and treatment there is a significant risk of long-term disability or death, but sepsis currently doesn’t have a gold standard diagnostic test or stable clinical definition.

The SOS Dashboard enables NHS staff to improve patient care and reduces potential harm by – for the first time ever – providing consistent, accurate and reliable data on sepsis outcomes.  It saves healthcare professional’s time by making the data freely and easily accessible in usable format and provides relevant data which can be intelligently applied with precision to improve the quality of patient care.  Local teams determine which methods work best over time, and which may need to be spread more widely across a region or nationally. It will ultimately help to better plan and prepare local services potentially saving lives across the country.

Kenny Ajayi, ICHP’s Patient Safety Programme Director, said

“I am delighted that our continued hard work and patient safety collaborations have been recognised on such a prestigious platform. The Dashboard has huge potential to help reduce harm and already enables clinicians to track the impact of their interventions in order to deliver safer care. Winning this award will further enable our aspirations to build the adoption and spread of this work by developing the Dashboard to support clinicians to better recognise and diagnose Sepsis.”

 Since the tool’s creation last year the Dashboard has continued to go from strength to strength with growing adoption and spread across the entire country. Including national endorsement from Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and included in the NHS Long term plan announcement for Sepsis.

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.”

The HSJ Patient Safety Awards recognise, reward and thank the hard-working teams and individuals who, in these times of austerity, pay restraints and workforce shortages are having to work harder and under more pressure. It is a testament to the sector that the safety and care of patients is still the primary driver, and our NHS continues to be the global leader in safety. In that context, it’s important to showcase the successes of all those involved in patient safety.

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Notes to Editors:

Further information on the ICHP dashboard: https://ichp.qpuk.net/how-are-we-tackling-sepsis/

Further information on the Oxford PSC sepsis patient safety programme: https://www.patientsafetyoxford.org/clinical-safety-programmes/sepsis/

Imperial College Health Partners 

Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) innovates and collaborates for a healthier population. We turn the potential of innovation into reality to help solve pressing challenges by collaborating across the health sector. By connecting a unique network of health experts we can accelerate the adoption and spread of innovation amongst our member organisations

Imperial College Health Partners is a partnership organisation bringing together NHS providers of healthcare services, clinical commissioning groups and leading universities across North West London.

We are also the designated Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for North West London and a member of The AHSN Network

Oxford AHSN

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network is a partnership of NHS providers, commissioners, universities and life science companies working together to improve health and prosperity in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire. www.OxfordAHSN.org