ELC project shortlisted for HSJ Patient Safety Award

Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network’s joint project with Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious national patient safety award.

Each year around 30,000 patients undergo emergency laparotomy surgery - a high-risk procedure with prolonged hospital stays and high mortality rates. The aim of the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative (ELC) programme is to improve care quality and outcomes for patients undergoing this procedure.

The ELC has been shortlisted in the Patient Safety in Surgical Care category of the Health Service Journal’s Patient Safety Awards – a national award to celebrate excellence and innovation in healthcare.

Sadie Leack, Senior Programme Manager at KSS AHSN and ELC Programme Lead, said she was delighted that the project had been chosen.

“This has been an amazing programme, working collaboratively with healthcare colleagues across the South of England, and with huge potential to improve outcomes for patients undergoing this emergency procedure,” she said.

“The Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards are highly prestigious and I’m thrilled for the ELC programme team and for our partner organisations.”

The 2.5 year scaling-up initiative has been funded by the Health Foundation and led by Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Partners in the collaborative are Wessex AHSN, West of England AHSN and 24 NHS Trusts (comprising 28 hospitals) within the three AHSN regions.

The objective was to accelerate the spread and adoption of ELPQuiC (an evidence-based care bundle) for the purposes of improving standards of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy. Key outcomes include reducing mortality rates, complications, and length of stay in hospital.

Early results showed an 18% reduction in risk-adjusted mortality rate. Length of stay fell by 1.5 days and 98% of patients received at least one aspect of the care bundle in the first year of the programme.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Manchester on July 4. For more information about the ELC programme, visit http://www.kssahsn.net/what-we-do/projects/Pages/Emergency-Laparotomy.aspx