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The Patient Safety Toolkit, developed, piloted and implemented by researchers across seven School for Primary Care Research departments, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Patient Safety Awards, in the 'Improving Safety in Primary Care' category.

Professors Tony Avery (University of Nottingham) and Stephen Campbell (Greater Manchester PSTRC) presented the Patient Safety Toolkit to a judging panel in London on 8 June. The winner will be announced on 5 July at the conference in Manchester. In a press release, the Patient Safety Awards said "An extraordinary high-standard of entries were submitted for this year’s awards, which demonstrates the continued commitment to improving patient safety. There were over 650 submissions, of which 170 made it to the final cut, which means that there is fierce competition for these coveted awards." Read more

Congratulations to the finalists of the Patient Safety Awards 2016. This year the awards really highlight those organisations who are not only doing their day jobs, but going above and beyond every day to deliver exceptional patient care and safety. The projects submitted demonstrate those who are constantly innovating and overcoming challenges to put patients’ needs first.”

- Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ and Jenni Middleton, Editor, Nursing Times

The toolkit consists of a range of ‘tools’ that can be used to provide a multifaceted assessment of patient safety in practices. The tools range from an online ‘safety climate’ survey, to several different types of ‘audit’ that identify safety problems and enable practices to put these right. A brand-new survey has been developed that assesses patients’ reported experiences of safety in general practices. The toolkit has been implemented in 50 general practices across England has received positive feedback.

The research team has recently applied to the RCGP Spotlight Project competition to create a website to host the patient safety toolkit so that it can be available to all general practices. Out of 10 applications, the project is one of three selected to go forward with RCGP support over the coming year. The initiative will also to be supported by the NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.

I'm delighted that SPCR funding has enabled us to create the patient safety toolkit, and that we have been shortlisted for this award."
- Professor Tony Avery, project lead

The full list of finalists can be viewed online here: 

Patient Safety Awards 2016 website:

More news on the Toolkit:

Publication: Tools for measuring patient safety in primary care settings using the RAND/UCLA appropriateness method

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