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West London NHS Trust shortlisted for HSJ Patient Safety Award

11 November 2020

We’ve been shortlisted for the Mental Health Initiative of the Year award at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards.

This is in recognition of our work on the enhanced use of Safety Huddles in different mental health settings, including high and medium secure and local services.

Safety Huddles were introduced at West London NHS Trust in 2016.  They have improved teamwork; created safer environments for staff and patients; along with better communications.

What are Safety Huddles?

In a safety huddle,  staff meet to discuss a patient most at risk and agree on how they can reduce their risk of harm to themselves and others. This includes co-operative problem solving, shared understanding of focuses and priorities, and increasing awareness of any safety concerns.

Teams worked with the Trust’s Quality Improvement (QI) service, who lead on the work around Safety Huddles, and whose approach, was a central part of the safety huddles’ success.

Wards nominated for success

Six wards across the Trust, spanning general adult through to high security, were included in the nomination for this award:

  • Windrush and Parkland at St Bernard’s Hospital in Ealing
  • Kestrel at Lakeside Mental Health Unit in Isleworth
  • Meridian at Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit
  • Euston and Newmarket from Broadmoor Hospital.

Carolyn Regan, Chief Executive at West London NHS Trust said:

“I am delighted that this work has been recognised.

The dedication staff have shown across various wards around the Trust has helped to successfully test and embed safety huddles across many of our inpatient settings.”