SOUTHAMPTON, UK, 20 March 2017 – Healios’ online suite of digital tools and services is shortlisted for the 2017 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards for the categories of ‘Managing Long Term Conditions’ and ‘Information Technology to Improve Patient Safety’. This is one of the UK’s most prestigious awards competition recognising healthcare excellence in patient safety.
“We are constantly driving for higher service standards and adapting our model of care to fit various clinical environments,” said Dr. Lars Hansen, Psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer of Healios. “This involves evaluating new evidence-based interventions to evolve and improve our clinical approach, of which safety is a critical component. We’re proud to have developed best practice models in how we continuously monitor service quality, risk management and safeguarding areas through a digital approach.”
Covering adult, children, and young people mental health services, Healios provides assessment, treatment and ongoing wellbeing monitoring all immediately upon referral, so that those affected by mental illness get the care that they need without wait. Now in their 9th year, the Patient Safety Awards continue to recognise and reward outstanding practice within the NHS and independent healthcare organisations. Patient Safety is, and will always be, at the forefront of new policies in the health service.
An independent judging panel of high-profile healthcare industry leaders applied a rigorous review process to select the finalists. Finalists for each category will attend interviews during May with the winners being announced at a black-tie dinner awards ceremony in Manchester, UK on Tuesday, 4 July 2017.
The ‘Managing Long Term Conditions’ category recognises individuals, teams or organisations that are offering consistently safe care to those with long term needs. This ranges from rapid identification of patients at high risk of acute or life threatening events, to ensuring patients can self-manage safely, to efforts to improve information sharing between professionals. With a focus on avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions, there is also a need to ensure patients are managed safely at home and in the community.
The ‘Information Technology to Improve Patient Safety category’ recognises suppliers and NHS Trusts who have embedded innovative use of information technology to address specific patient safety issues, such as patient identification systems, medicines management systems or data interpretation programmes.
Dr. Hansen commented, “It is hugely exciting for us as an organisation to have been nominated in two categories for the prestigious Patient Safety awards. We are very conscious of improving safety and reducing risks for our patients and their families.”
Healios is the UK’s leading digital healthcare company, bringing the whole family together to maximise long-term outcomes and well-being. We reimagine the way children, young people, and adults access and receive mental health services by blending the best of technology with specialised clinical expertise and a personal human connection. At Healios, we transform mental health services by providing quicker diagnosis, faster access to evidence-based psychological therapies, and earlier intervention to create a unique online experience - getting patients and families the right care when and where they need it. Healios is commissioned by NHS CCGs, Mental Health Trusts and local authorities across the UK, and can also be accessed privately. Healios’ Family Intervention service manual for psychosis and schizophrenia has been endorsed by NICE for both the clinical guidelines and quality standards. For more information, visit www.healios.org.uk
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