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Published
22 June 2022

HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2022 - Three Trust Service Finalists

Three ELFT services have made it through to the final for this year’s highly competitive HSJ Patient Safety Awards.
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The annual Patient Safety awards remain the national benchmark for outstanding and innovative work that improves patient and service user safety.

Projects submitted are scrutinised by a team of judges who are all national and international leaders in their field. The final winners for a range of categories are announced in September. 

The Hackney Integrated Learning Disabilities Service are finalists for the category of Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year 

Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Laura Checkley of the Hackney Integrated Learning Disabilities Service said:

"The work is a collaborative effort - both in terms of my colleagues across the Service as well as the ELFT QI team.

"But most importantly, our service users themselves, who were the driving force behind making this project a success.”

The Trust’s Community Health Service (CHS) Pharmacy team, for their work alongside Tower Hamlets District Nursing Teams sees them through as finalists for the Improving Safety in Medicines Management Award.

Project lead Fatima Hafesji, Lead Pharmacist for Tower Hamlets CHS and Masuma Khanom, Pharmacy technician with NE Tower Hamlets CHS were instrumental in the design and success of the work.

Fatima said:

 “We set out to get the optimum from medicines for both patients and the NHS – something that is becoming increasingly more and more important.

“The project has demonstrated that, even with one Pharmacy technician working in one district nursing team, within a year there has been significant improvement in the quality of medicines management within the whole directorate.”

Tower Hamlets Community Health Services’ Advanced Care Planning Team are also through for their work, for the category of Learning Disabilities of the Year Award.

Commenting on both Tower Hamlets teams making it through as finalists for two different awards, Petra Nittel ELFT Deputy Director of Tower Hamlets Community Health Service said:

“I’m absolutely delighted that both teams have been recognised for their work by the HSJ judges this year.

“They are both outstanding projects led by outstanding practitioners. They very much deserve to be in the final.

“The quiet work going on behind the scenes like this makes a massive contribution to significant improvements in the quality of life for our patients and service users.”

Find out more about the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2022 here.