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System C partners shortlisted for three patient safety awards

6th July 2020

Two NHS Trusts using System C’s CareFlow e-observations have been shortlisted in three categories at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards, designed to recognise outstanding contributions to healthcare.

The DETECT research study has been shortlisted for both the ‘Deteriorating Patients & Rapid Response Systems’ award and the ‘Best Emerging Solution for Patient Safety’ award. 

The study is a partnership between Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University, Lancaster University and System C.  The first-of-type research programme seeks to identify early warning signs of deterioration in children using e-observations, with the aim of reducing critical care transfers.

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust* has also successfully been shortlisted for its use of e-observations to widen access to end-of-life spiritual care. 

CareFlow is used to identify patients for referral during their end-of-life care by automatically generating a referral list which the pastoral care team use to prioritise their ward/department visits, ensuring they offer spiritual support to all those who want it.

Since implementing the change in practice, the number of patients and families seen by the chaplain team has significantly increased.  A research paper on the use of the system was recently fast-tracked for publication on Nursing Times to share best practice in response to Covid-19.

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually as part of the Patient Safety Virtual Congress and Awards in November 2020.

CareFlow e-observations is part of System C’s CareFlow integrated EPR.  This is a comprehensive EPR that supports workflows and care co-ordination within an acute hospital and out across the wider care community.

*In April 2020, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust merged with Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to form the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.