With over 550 guests present, the best in patient safety were rewarded on Wednesday 9 March 2011 at the Patient Safety Awards at London’s prestigious Hilton Hotel.
From almost 400 entries across 15 categories, the judges worked hard to choose the winners from a very compelling list of entries.
HSJ Editor Alastair McLellan said: “The shortlisted organisations present here tonight have demonstrated their determination not to be distracted by cost pressures and organisational upheavals. They have refused to accept those constraints as an excuse for failing to reduce patient harm. For that alone they are worthy of recognition”.
With patient safety representing such a significant area of focus in the health service, these awards help to highlight the innovation and courage with which this challenge is being addressed across the UK.
Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton commented on the night: “In the past few weeks, we’ve seen patient safety and care come under the spotlight as the ombudsman reported on care of older people and the media continually challenge the care offered by NHS hospitals. But we know from these awards that there are healthcare professionals who are doing a phenomenal job, who are proud to put safety first”.