Best Organisation win at 2017 Patient Safety Awards

Friday July 14, 2017

The trust which runs Worthing Hospital, St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea, has won Best Organisation at the 2017 Patient Safety Awards.

The winners were announced on 4 July in Manchester. More than 550 submissions were received, of which only 170 made it to the final cut, and from those 21 winners were confirmed on the evening.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was commended for its leadership and commitment to continuous improvement.

The judges said: “This organisation demonstrated to the judges aspirational and authentic leadership at every level. There was a deep commitment to continuous quality and safety improvement.”

Dr George Findlay, chief medical officer and deputy chief executive at Western Sussex Hospitals, received the award, alongside the trust’s medical director, Dr Tim Taylor.

Dr Findlay said: “We are exceptionally proud to receive this much coveted award for Best Organisation for Patient Safety. It is a real testament to the passion, expertise and excellent quality care our 9,300 members of staff provide.

It is a real testament to the passion, expertise and excellent quality care our 9,300 members of staff provide

“The award is also a further endorsement of Patient First – our leading approach to continuous improvement – which continues to receive national recognition and makes our trust such an empowering place to be employed, no matter where you work within the organisation.”

The Patient Safety Awards took place during the annual Patient Safety Congress in Manchester where Dr Findlay was also invited to lead a session on how to develop a learning organisation.

Speakers at the event included Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Sir David Behan, the chief executive of the Care Quality Commission.

In April 2016, Western Sussex Hospitals was rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and it remains one of only five acute hospital trusts in the country to have received the health watchdog’s highest rating.

Caption: Dr George Findlay and Dr Tim Taylor receive the coveted Best Organisation award from the hosts at the Patient Safety Awards in Manchester, 4 July, 2017.

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