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Patient Safety Award presented to Leicester's Hospitals

Human factors Award 2016 for Safety team


Leicester’s Hospitals have been awarded a Patient Safety Award by the Clinical Human Factors Group (CHFG) and NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) at a recent conference for their work in reducing paediatric harm and improving communication through the use of ‘Safety Huddles’.

Safety huddles are short multidisciplinary briefings designed to give healthcare staff, clinical and non-clinical the opportunity to discuss each individual patient and anticipate future risks to improve patient safety and care.

The aim is to create an environment where staff regularly communicate and feel safe to raise concerns about patient safety.

The exchange of information must be rapid (5 - 10 minutes) and structured so as to optimise engagement and exchange only the essential information. Safety huddles are aimed at improving Situational Awareness.

Dr Simon Robinson, Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant, Dr Damian Roland, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Dr Ceri Jones, Patient Safety Specialist (supported by Dr Will Green and Dr John Maltby from University of Leicester) are leading a project funded by Health Education England East Midlands and the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network Patient Safety Collaborative to examine the implementation and effectiveness of Safety Huddles.

 Dr Simon Robinson, said “I am delighted that our work on ‘huddles’ has been recognised by the CHFG and NHSLA.  The process of holding ‘huddles’ encourages situational awareness and encourages information sharing, giving all members of the front line team, the opportunity to contribute to the care of a patient, hence anticipating and planning for future risks.” 

“Since introducing ‘huddles’ into the Children’s Hospital, communication has improved both within and between ward areas. Staff report a greater understanding of current and future events which in turn has allowed for proactive planning and improved patient flow. Additional measures are monitoring whether this translates into reduced patient harm and a higher quality service. In view of the early successes and readily recognised usefulness of the huddle tool, ‘huddles’ are being rolled out across the trust.”

To effectively communicate the use of ‘huddles’ an educational video has been commissioned, click here.

The Clinical Human Factors Group (CHFG) and National Health Society Litigation Association (NHSLA) acknowledgeorganisations, networks and project teams who have embraced human factors/ergonomics principles to positively impact care delivery and improve patient safety.