Safer Productive Care Awards 2012
Michele Harding (centre), Jill Addis (right).

The Trustwide Safer Care Programme is focused upon bringing about a culture change to one of a Just Culture. Just Cultures are evident in organisations that are open to reporting, preventing and addressing harm, respond effectively when harm occurs and enables and expects every staff member to take accountability for even the smallest of harms to those in our care. The programme is led by Jill Addis, Nurse Consultant and each divisional Head of Nursing and each division is developing Safer Care workstreams that involve and enable teams to identify harms and reduce them. The work is underpinned by the improvement science approach. This approach is a systematic way of standardising and enhancing the reliability of care to ensure that standards of care are consistent and protect patients, service users and carers. The programme is guided by a Steering Board and Ros Alstead, Director of Nursing and Clinical Standards, provides project sponsorship.

The Community Acute Services in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire have been formally recognised for their outstanding contribution towards patient safety at the Safer Productive Care Celebratory Conference.

The awards were presented by Ashley Brooks, National Patient Champion. Michele Harding, Head of Adult Acute Services collected her award and Jill Addis, Safer Care Trust Lead, collected certificates on behalf of Holly Harman and Anne Dolan, CAS Team Managers. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and commitment from all team members in suicide reduction across the services.

The teams have been using Improvement Science approaches to facilitate changes in practice and enhance the safety of patients in their care. Having worked for five months on the project, the team now has statistically robust evidence demonstrating sustained reliability at 100% for specific aspects of care.

For details and enquiries about Safer Care, contact Jill Addis, Nurse Consultant 07770641189