The HSJ Awards, an embodiment of healthcare service excellence in the UK, have announced their finalists for 2023. Among them is Hull University Teaching Hospital for their initiative, Improving the Diagnostic Detection of Thoracic Aortic Dissection in Hull Royal Infirmary Emergency Department.
The nomination falls under the Patient Safety Award category. This category is dedicated to spotlighting projects that have taken robust measures to bolster patient safety, ensure risks are identified, reported, and learned from, and foster an environment where incidents are systematically investigated.
Thoracic Aortic Dissection is a critical condition where timely and accurate diagnosis is paramount. Hull’s endeavour focuses on enhancing the diagnostic accuracy for this condition in emergency settings. Their project demonstrates a commitment to:
- Ambition: Addressing the patient safety landscape, understanding the history, and recognising areas of improvement.
- Outcome: Showcasing concrete evidence of improved safety measures, reduced errors, and effective communication channels.
- Spread: Sharing best practices and lessons learnt with other medical teams and institutions.
- Value: Assessing the dual impact of financial savings along with improved patient experience.
- Involvement: Developing a proactive safety culture where staff and patients engage in regular dialogue, ensuring feedback loops are maintained and acted upon.
With the NHS celebrating its 75th birthday, the HSJ Awards underscore the sector’s achievements, especially during challenging times. Hull’s recognition emphasises the importance of improving diagnostic methods and ensuring patient safety, resonating with the award’s core values.
Congratulations and good luck to Hull University Teaching Hospitals and all other finalists. As the HSJ Awards approach in November 2023, the healthcare community keenly awaits the results, celebrating the collective efforts towards enhancing the NHS.