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Board Leadership

The quality of board leadership is vital in creating a culture in which patient safety improvements can be made and sustained. This category looks to identify and reward a board that has a clear and transparent commitment to patient safety, which has resulted in demonstrable improvements and cultural change throughout the whole of the organisation.

Specific entry criteria

  • A clear strategic framework for safety has been developed;
  • Patient safety is a clear and visible priority for the board and the wider organisation;
  • There are strategic priorities and goals in place to improve patient safety, which are regularly monitored and reviewed;
  • There is a demonstrable leadership culture at board level that builds the will to improve quality and patient safety and provides an environment where continuous improvement in harm reduction becomes routine throughout the organisation;
  • The board has established and uses a set of system-level quality and safety measures and actively enables a culture of measurement throughout the organisation.

Evidence of impact

  • The board can demonstrate how it has led the achievement of clear and measurable outcomes specific to patient safety;
  • There is evidence of staff understanding of and commitment to patient safety throughout the organisation;
  • The success of the project in improving patient safety can be demonstrated,


Patient Safety & Care News

Alder Hey Children's Hospital has claimed it may lose a £4m donation after a damning report by inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) placed the hospital in a "potentially high risk" category over standards including patient safety.

Patient Safety & Care News

NHS reforms signal to end of staff 'gagging clauses'

So-called "gagging clauses" are to be removed from contracts when a member of staff leaves the NHS.

Health minister Alex Neil said a new standard settlement agreement will be drafted which does not include confidentiality clauses.

Patient Safety & Care News

Stethoscopes 'more contaminated' than doctors' hands

Doctors should disinfect their stethoscopes after every examination because the instruments are heavily contaminated by bacteria, a study says.

Stethoscopes were found to carry as many bacteria as the palms of doctors' hands, and only doctors' fingertips were 'dirtier'.

Patient Safety & Care News

Piggy Lane, Bicester care home safety criticised in report

Staffing levels at a care home in Oxfordshire could affect patient safety, an inspection has found.

The Piggy Lane unit for adults with learning and physical disabilities in Bicester was also criticised by the Care quality Commission (CQC) for its assessment of patients.

Patient Safety & Care News

Patients 'are safer with better-educated nurses'

A Europe-wide study suggests that nurse education and patient to nursing staff ratios may impact on patient outcomes.