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Sepsis collaboration shortlisted for HSJ Patient Safety Awards

We are proud to announce that our ‘Suspicion of Sepsis (SOS) Insights Dashboard’ tool, created through a powerful partnership driven by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), has been shortlisted for an HSJ Patient Safety Award 2019 in ‘Best Emerging Solution for Patient Safety’.

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, 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 – for the first time ever – to use reliable data to monitor and assess the long-term impacts of interventions on deteriorating patients with SOS over time. It focuses on measurement of interventions, which help 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. We have great aspirations to continue building on this work in the long term 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.

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.

Winners of the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2019 will be revealed at a ceremony in Manchester on 2 July 2019.

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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