Teams from the NHS Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (BCWB CCG) have been named as finalists at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards.

The CCG has been successful in two different categories: Improving Care for Children and Young People Initiative of the Year and Primary Care Initiative of the Year.

The HSJ Patient Safety Awards aims to drive improvements in culture and quality across the NHS by celebrating the teams and the people who work hard to put safety first.

The Children and Young People team at BCWB CCG has been shortlisted for the Improving Care for Children and Young People Initiative of the Year award for going above and beyond to ensure extra support was provided for children with respiratory illnesses during the pandemic.

The team collaborated with secondary care teams and primary care networks to set up four dedicated primary care hubs for children, in response to a significant increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) - a common winter virus that causes cold-like symptoms and coughs and can lead to hospital admissions in babies and young children.

The GP-led hubs provided same-day, face-to-face appointments to children aged 12 years and younger to ease pressure on the NHS at a time of increased demand and provide reassurance to parents.

The hubs were so successful that in some cases they expanded to offer appointments to whole families.

The Primary Care Clinical Leadership Executive (PCCLE) team at BCWB CCG has also been shortlisted for the Primary Care Initiative of the Year award, for introducing a new model of clinical leadership in general practice. The PCCLE model was created to help transform clinical services while the system recovers from the pandemic. It involved appointing specialist primary care leads with responsibility for areas that align with local people's needs.

These leads work closely with other professionals across both primary care and the wider health and care system to identify opportunities to improve people's health and reduce inequalities

Mark Axcell, Interim Accountable Officer of the BCWB CCG, said: “We are absolutely delighted that not one, but two of our teams have been shortlisted for prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Awards.

“This fantastic achievement recognises the hard work and dedication of our teams to improve the safety of patients in our care despite the challenges we have faced throughout the pandemic.

“It means a great deal to all our staff to be recognised at a national level and it will undoubtedly bolster our efforts to continually develop and improve our services.

“Huge congratulations to everyone involved and best of luck to both teams for the awards night.”

The winners of the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2022 will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place on Thursday 15 September in Manchester Central.