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University Hospitals of North Midlands shortlisted for the 2023 HSJ patient safety awards

UHNM has been shortlisted in the Patient Safety Team of the Year category at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards which recognises safety, culture and positive experience in patient care.

The HSJ Patient Safety Awards acknowledges hard-working teams and individuals across the UK who are continually striving to deliver improved patient care.

UHNM has been shortlisted for its bespoke quality and safety scheme designed to promote and deliver care excellence The Care Excellence Framework is an internal accreditation system providing assurance from ward to board.

Today Rebecca Ferneyhough, Head of Nursing at UHNM’s County Hospital, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted as HSJ Patient Safety Team of the Year. Our CEF was established in 2016 but in 2022 went under a refresh to ensure its compliance against the CQC Quality statements, the UHNM Quality Strategy and the Trust’s strategic priority domains. The process is underpinned by UHNM’s values of Compassion, Safe, Together and Improving.

“The CEF is delivered in a supportive style fostering a culture of learning, sharing and improving, as well as reward and recognition for achievement. We are able to demonstrate improvements and trends over time which help to benchmark and spread excellence across the organisation and we are thrilled it has been recognised in this way.”

The team will now have to present to a panel of judges and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Manchester on 18 September. 

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, adds; “As always, it’s a pleasure at this stage of our lengthy judging process, to be able to offer my congratulations to UHNM as the shortlisted finalists are revealed for this years’ HSJ Patient Safety Awards.

“Every one of the projects, Trusts, teams and individuals who entered this year have truly demonstrated their skills in setting – and delivering – the highest of standards in healthcare excellence, presenting our venerable panel of judges with some difficult decisions.”

The full list of finalists for the 2023 HSJ Patient Safety Awards can be found at