HSC Safety Forum Awards 2017

The Public Health Agency (PHA), through the Health and Social Care Safety Forum invite organisations to nominate individuals or teams (up to 5 per organisation) for the 3rd Northern Ireland Safety Forum Awards.

Closing date for submissions is 17 November 2017

These awards will recognise and showcase the excellent work undertaken across the HSC system to drive improvement in quality of care and strengthen patient safety.

Award categories

The HSC Safety Forum Award will be awarded to the individual/team that has made the greatest contribution to quality improvement and safety in Health and Social Care.

There will be 4 additional awards, each linked to projects advancing safety/quality improvement in:

  • Partnership working/Co-production 
  • Innovation/transformation in Care
  • Integrated Care
  • Building reliable care

The submission form with additional information on the categories and criteria can be downloaded here Safety Forum Awards 2017 Submission guidance and application.docx  

A Poster is also available to print and display widely throughout organisations here  Award Poster 2017 v2.pptx

Northern Ireland Emergency Nurses Attend 1st Global Conference on Emergency Nursing and Trauma Care Sponsored by HSC Safety Forum

The first ever global conference on emergency nursing and trauma care was held in Dublin from 18th – 20th September. This truly international gathering drew over 300 participants from across the globe including Australia, North America, Canada, South Africa and of course Northern Ireland. With over 80 oral presentations and 87 posters there was lots of learning available and we were delighted to see our staff in attendance and displaying their quality improvement work at this inspiring event. 

Quality Improvement and Safety Conference

The Public Health Agency in partnership with the Health Service Executive & Royal College of Physicians in Ireland wish to announce the first Quality Improvement and Safety Conference specifically aimed at staff from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Delivering Safer Care will be held in the Titanic Conference Centre on 12 & 13 March 2014.

The conference will showcase Quality Improvement and Safety initiatives in Health and Social Care across both systems and beyond. Mrs Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Amanda Edwards Deputy CEO, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SKIE) are just two highlights of a quality programme. A poster with more details can be viewed or downloaded here. Attendance is free to delegates due to the support of the partnering organisations. The registration form can be accessed here.

Cross Border Patient Safety Project Wins First Prize at Irish Patient Safety Conference

Dr Jeremy Sargent and Ms Lisa Toland from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda were participants in the cross border patient safety programme run by HSC Safety Forum, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the HSE with funding from CAWT.

Jeremy and Lisa team developed a system to ensure early notification of admissions of cancer patients to their relevant primary team, ensuring early access to expert clinical input. The impact of this project not only includes timely access to appropriate expert care but also additional benefits including decreased unnecessary admissions, reduction in length of stay, reduced inappropriate investigations and treatments and improved patient satisfaction.

Please click here to view A Patient Centered Approach to Improving Communication across a Hospital pdf.pdf


Acute Kidney Injury

Dr Niall Leonard and staff from the Renal Unit, Ulster Hospital promoting the Acute Kidney Injury checklist as part of World Kidney Day 2013.

Dr Niall Leonard, Consultant Nephrologist at the Ulster Hospital was a mentor for the 2012 Leading in Safety, Quality and Experience Programme in South Eastern HSC Trust. Through this programme Dr Leonard’s team developed a checklist to aid the recognition and management of patients with Acute Kidney Injury in two Surgical Wards. This work has now spread across all Surgery Wards and is in the process of spreading to Medicine. Next steps are to work with Primary Care leads to adapt and develop a similar checklist for the community setting. Dr Leonard will be presenting a poster of his work at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2013 in London.

Please click on the link to view the Acute Kidney Injury poster.pdf

Patient safety training programme a success

Friday, 7 December 2012

A unique cross border patient safety training programme brought together 27 senior managers and clinicians from hospitals and services on both sides of the border, to focus on best practice in patient safety and how it can be applied in local health facilities. To read the full press release please click here

Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism:  A Key Patient Safety Priority

Prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is an important part of our strategy to improve patient safety. 

 The Northern Ireland HSC Safety Forum established and facilitated a regional collaborative which developed a single VTE Risk Assessment Tool for N.Ireland. 

In a letter issued in July 2011, the CMO commended the use of this assessment tool across the region.  This should ensure that every adult patient has a documented VTE risk assessment on admission to hospital which reflects guidance from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (clinical guideline CG92).

It is hoped that this unified approach to VTE risk assessment will also improve and streamline the training of medical and nursing staff and reduce the need for re-training if they move their place of employment.

This can also be viewed under the publication section.