7 July 2015
Royal Brompton Hospital’s SPRinT team (Simulated interPRofessional Team training) programme was honoured for its work at last night’s Patient Safety Awards ceremony. The team won the “Education and Training in Patient Safety” category ahead of competition from nine other organisations shortlisted from a total of 100 submissions.
The Patient Safety Awards, now in their seventh year, were established to celebrate individuals whose innovative and creative initiatives have improved quality and made care safer for patients. This year’s awards attracted 750 submissions from 370 different organisations.
The SPRinT programme was founded in 2008 and is based in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Royal Brompton Hospital. SPRinT uses in-situ simulation to provide the multidisciplinary team involved in patient care with insight into human factors that influence personal performance, and strategic crisis training.
The programme delivers regular training courses during work time to all staff who would normally be involved in critical situations, using the most advanced simulation mannequins, and its own prototype and patented models, to recreate realistic life-threatening events. Crash trolleys, resuscitation equipment and real drugs are used to create time-critical scenarios that are as true to life as possible.
In the first phase of development, 14 inter-professional, cross-departmental staff members underwent Harvard graduate and postgraduate simulation and adult learning courses. They then established the programme throughout the paediatric department for a diverse group of staff including healthcare assistants, play therapists, nurses, registrars, consultant cardiothoracic surgeons and anaesthetists.
So far, SPRinT has delivered 170 courses to 1530 participants across 11 disciplines and there are plans to extend into adult services. Fifty-one quality improvement initiatives have been implemented since 2008, as a direct result of this programme.
The judges at the Patient Safety Awards said: “This was a truly excellent presentation and was a pleasure to listen to. The training was innovative and out of that has come great improvements. It was simply outstanding!”
Commenting on the award, Dr Margarita Burmester, consultant paediatric intensivist and director of SPRinT, said: “We are thrilled that our work has been recognised with this award. Since the programme began the team has worked tirelessly for its success. We have a shared belief that every individual healthcare professional can support patient safety by improving inter professional teamwork. My thanks and congratulations go to everyone involved.”
Nursing Times and its sister publication, Health Service Journal, run the awards. Editors, Jenni Middleton and Alistair McLellan, jointly stated: “Our winners and finalists in the Patient Safety Awards aren’t just doing their day jobs, they are doing something exceptional. They are going out of their way to put patients first. … These projects prove how dynamic and proactive our healthcare organisations are …"