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Best Improvement for Patient Safety – 2016 Winner!

patient safety awardCMFT has won an award for 'Best Improvement in Patient Safety'! It was given jointly to our Acute Care Team and Informatics, at the North West Connect Conference 2016 (hosted by Informatics Skills Development Network).  We faced tough competition from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, St Helens & Knowsley, Wirral Teaching Hospitals and Salford Royal.

CMFT has pioneered the use of electronic observations and early warning score alerting system (Patientrack).  The system is used across 5 hospitals in inpatient wards.  We have uniquely combined technology and acute care education to engage all staff.

patient safety award v2Electronic capture of physiological parameters has created a much stronger partnership between informatics and clinicians. Together, data has been shared that empowers frontline teams to celebrate and improve their acute care practice. This is done through analysis of real-time timeliness of response, clinical observation assessment, emergency call data and general acuity of patients. This now allows all levels of the organisation to monitor performance and has been a catalyst to improve patient care pathways.

This programme of work is helping to deliver clinical benefits such as;

  • more rapid clinical attendance for patients most in need, which has helped a 50% reduction in cardiac arrests;
  • reduced risk of mortality for out of hours admissions.

Vikki Newton (Informatics), Richard Cox and Sarah Pinnington (Acute Care Team) received the award and are overwhelmed and proud of being part of such an amazing project that supports CMFT to achieve its aim of being a safer hospital.