21 September 2021

The Trust's City & Hackney Mental Health and the Forensics Services were finalists at the 2021 HSJ (Health Services Journal) Patient Safety Awardsfor their quality improvement work. The ceremony took place on Monday evening, 20 September.

Although they didn't win, to make it through as finalists in this tough and highly competitive process is an accolade in itself. To qualify, every entry has to impress a wide range of judges who are all top healthcare professionals from across the whole of the UK.

The City & Hackney team made it to the finals for their work in pioneering COVID-19 secure bundles to identify covid risks on wards and help staff feel safer.

The Forensics Service was shortlisted for the Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year Award, for their improvement project focusing on staff and inpatient sexual safety.

On the two teams qualifying, Dr Amar Shah, Trust Chief Quality Officer said:

"I'm thrilled that teams from our City & Hackney mental health inpatient wards and our Forensics service were shortlisted as finalists for the HSJ Patient Safety Awards this year.

"Both of these teams have shown great courage and creativity in the way that they have applied quality improvement to tackle really challenging issues. The City & Hackney team demonstrated how we can use QI to support rapid cycles of testing and learning, in order to ensure that our wards are consistently Covid-safe – this work has now been tested and scaled across other directorates.

"Clerkenwell, Ludgate and Broadgate wards in our forensic service have been testing ideas to reduce the frequency of sexual safety incidents. Ideas including the introduction of independent sexual violence advisors, staff training, buddies, sexual safety plans and porn care plans have led to a 90% reduction in sexual violations across the wards.

"Well done to both teams - staff and service users – for this inspiring work that has made a real difference to people’s experience within our services."

For a full list of national entries, including all the winners visit the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2021.