The HSJ awards recognises outstanding recognition to healthcare and this year received over 1000 entries. Our submission is nominated in the ‘Driving efficiency through technology’ category.
Safecheck is an app designed and developed in house to replace the traditional vehicle check books, allowing staff to easily log their vehicle, equipment and medicine checks electronically; reducing paperwork and allowing audits to be quick and comprehensive. It’s currently being used across the North West with a module for our Patient Transport Service being tested in the coming weeks.
Matt Dugdale, Head of Clinical and Digital Innovation, said: “This is amazing news and we are delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards. It is great recognition of the collaborative efforts throughout the trust. The Safecheck system started with feedback from just one ambulance station in Millom before gradually rolling out across the whole of Cumbria and Lancashire and further across the Trust.
“It has now been used for vehicle checks more than 200,000 times and has proved to be a great time saver whilst giving managers the assurance all equipment and medicines are fully compliant so we know the vehicles are ready to go and help members of the public in an emergency.
“Over the past 12 months, NWAS has made significant investments in the innovation and development team. Staff are now able to contribute their ideas through the weekly NWAS Digital Design Forum: a support network of specialists, which enables staff to test their ideas on a small scale within the organisation.
“I want to thank all the teams and staff who helped with its development and fingers crossed for the awards ceremony.”
The judging panel for the awards is made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust, Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, Black Country Healthcare Foundation Trust and Caroline Beardall, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East. Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual benchmarking and recognition programme for healthcare.
Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process, the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.
Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.
The full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Awards can be found on https://awards.hsj.co.uk/2020-shortlist.