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Patient Safety in Diagnosis

The reduction of diagnostic errors is one of the most important factors in driving patient safety and preventing avoidable harm to patients within the hospital environment.
Selecting the right tests for a particular patient promptly, carrying them out quickly and accurately, interpreting the results correctly, and acting on them at once are all vital steps in minimising avoidable harm. This category invites entries from any service that has developed initiatives to improve the safety of the diagnostic pathway, and from pathology services which have attempted to improve patient safety by looking for and implementing measures that have increased turnaround time and/or improved the accuracy of results.

Specific entry criteria



The judges will be looking for examples of excellence in the following areas:

  • Innovation - the quality and originality of the idea;
  • Results - demonstration of clear and measurable outcomes;
  • Potential - the contribution the work is likely to make to the wider development of patient safety interventions in their local healthcare colleagues
  • Sustainability - evidence that the initiative is embedded within your diagnostic environment

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.