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OUH wins patient safety award


Oxford University Hospitals has received a prestigious award celebrating safety, culture and experience in patient care.

Acclaimed for creating a culture of improvement and support, the Trust was the winner in the Changing Culture Award at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards at a ceremony in Manchester (Monday 20 September 2021). 

The honour is in recognition of the Trust's Quality Improvement (QI) Hub, which brings together examples of improvement across the organisation to provide a single platform to celebrate and learn from.

The Hub aims to establish a culture where people feel supported to improve patient and staff experience, creating an environment where excellence will thrive.

Dr Sahana Rao, Consultant Paediatrician at the Trust and founder of QI Hub, said: 

"We are delighted that the QI culture and QI hub at OUH has been recognised with a HSJ patient Safety Award.

"This is a testament to our commitment to help frontline staff drive continuous improvements to deliver patient centred care.

"The judges commended our inclusive programme, which was open to all members of staff, and our efforts to engage patients. Our ability to deal with challenges and efforts to keep the programme running during the pandemic were appreciated."

The Trust has supported more than 70 QI projects successfully within two years, leading to improvements in patient care and experience, and their work has been presented at national and international meetings.

Prof Meghana Pandit, Chief Medical Officer at the Trust, said:

"It is such a great success to win the Changing Culture Award and everyone involved in QI should be so proud of their achievement. We should now focus on spreading and scaling up the QI work within the many departments on all sites in OUH.

"Our QI Hub is helping frontline staff develop and deliver continuous improvement through shared learning and collaboration with a patient-centred approach, which enhances patient care and safety."

Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research (OxSTaR), the University of Oxford's state-of-the-art medical simulation teaching and research facility based at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, was highly commended in the Primary Care Initiative of the Year category.

More information about this year's winners can be found on the Patient Safety Awards website.

Pictured: (left to right) Jo Bunyan, Anny Sykes, Prof Meghana Pandit and Dr Sahana Rao