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Mental health trust shortlisted for two patient safety awards

Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in two
categories of the 2011 Patient Safety awards; Communicating Patient Safety and Patient Safety in Mental Health.

This is an excellent achievement as the 2011 awards saw an overwhelming number of entries which excelled in quantity and quality, and the impressive number of nominations highlights that the profile of patient safety is continuing to increase.

Sarah Robson, Deputy Director of Nursing and Patient Safety at Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said:

‘The Trust takes patient safety very seriously and as a result we are constantly looking at new ways in which we can improve our delivery of care in the safest ways possible. It is a great accolade to be shortlisted for two categories this year, and well deserved recognition for the staff involved for all their innovative practice.’

A great deal of pioneering work is being undertaken across the NHS that improves patient
safety and empowers staff to make this a priority. The Patient Safety Awards are run by the Health Service Journal and the Nursing Times, as they aim to recognise the best examples of this work, and to disseminate it more widely within the healthcare community so that it can be replicated or adapted for use elsewhere.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 9 March 2011 at The Hilton Hotel, Park Lane,
London at a prestigious awards ceremony.


Notes for editors:
· The mental health trust provides specialist mental health and substance misuse services
across more than 2,000 square miles of Norfolk and over 140 square miles in Waveney, north Suffolk. This is a population of almost 950,000 people.
· On 1 February 2008 the Trust became a Foundation Trust, meaning it is more accountable to its members. To become a member, contact the Foundation Trust office on 01603 421494 or visit