In celebration of NHS Change Day, the Crisis Services in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire hosted a visit from Emeritus Professor Tony Butterworth, Chair, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and Chair, Foundation of Nursing Studies, and Kate Jones, Interim Director Safer Care, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

The visit was in recognition of the work in the crisis services to reduce suicides.

Improvement Science approaches have been implemented following attendance at the Leading Improvements in Patient Safety Programme at the NHS Institute by Jill Addis, Consultant Nurse and Safer Care Lead, and Michele Harding, Head of Acute Care Pathway.  Over the past year, no deaths have occurred in the service.

Professor Butterworth gave a presentation on how to position safety work within the wider NHS drivers, and the team also presented their safety work. Kate Jones said, ‘We had a wonderful time. You are really doing some great patient safety work.’

The services have been shortlisted for a national Patient Safety Award for this work so good luck to everyone involved.


Michele Harding and Jill Addis with Prof Tony Butterworth and Kate Jones