National award triumph for WMAHSN with Learning from Excellence

Posted on 7 July 2017 (Permalink)

Learning from Excellence (LfE), an initiative aimed at capturing and studying peer reporting excellence in healthcare, has been officially recognised at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

In a joint effort with the Learning from Excellence team - a project led by Adrian Plunkett, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Emma Plunkett, Locum Consultant at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Appreciating People - the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative's entry was awarded the Education and Training award at this year’s Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards, held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on 4 July.  

The judges felt that the entry was a truly innovative approach that has the ability to transform the way we improve patient safety. This should be considered for national rollout both from patient safety and staff morale”.

More than 550 submissions were put forward for the coveted Patient Safety Awards, of which only 170 made it to the final cut. There were 21 winners, with an additional 12 projects also receiving a high commendation in their category.

Reflecting on the award win, Emma said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be part of the team that won a Patient Safety Award for Learning from Excellence. It was brilliant to hear that the judges felt this was an initiative that should be shared and spread nationally. Learning from Excellence is a novel concept pioneered by a clinician on the front line.  

“Ideas can be hard to implement in different organisations, but the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative and Appreciating People have made this possible and have been brilliant in supporting staff. We hope that recognition of the value of the project through this award will help us to share the idea more widely.”

The West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative is one of 15 across England and is hosted by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network. The Collaborative aims to improve safety and continually reduce avoidable harm by supporting organisations in working together to develop, implement, share and spread proven safety interventions.

Pete Jeffries, Patient Safety Programme Manager at the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative, added: "I'm absolutely delighted with the award win and am proud that the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative is now part of an award-winning initiative. Learning from Excellence is a brilliant and innovative way to explore what goes right in healthcare, learn from it and do more of it. The initiative is spreading rapidly across the UK (and beyond) as teams can see the benefits in terms of improvements in quality and safety for patients and well-being of staff.

"It's a great demonstration of how bringing different strengths and skills together in collaboration can achieve a great deal. There is a real movement and a community of practice building around LFE and the Collaborative are proud to be part of it." 

Speaking about the awards, Shaun Lintern, Senior Patient Safety Correspondent at the Health Service Journal, said: “The Patient Safety Awards, is an annual celebration of the NHS’s fantastic efforts to improve the quality of healthcare. The winning projects are led by dedicated teams or individuals who have made measurable differences to the care their patients receive. Our independent judges, drawn from across the health service, chose the very best of the best – a collection of talent that every year helps the NHS continue to be a global leader in safety.”