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Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox and her team have been Highly Commended in the ‘Best use of technology in Patient Safety’ category for the QCovid risk calculator at this year’s Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards.

The commendation is in recognition of their work developing QCovid – an evidence-based risk-prediction model that uses a range of factors such as age, sex, ethnicity and existing medical conditions to predict risk of death or hospitalisation from COVID-19 – which ‘pushed the boundaries of patient safety and drive cultural change to minimise risk, enhance quality of care and ultimately save patient lives’ over what has been a challenging period in the history of the healthcare sector.

Following a comprehensive and thorough judging process, the QCovid team was handed the distinguished award, standing out amongst a highly competitive shortlist.  The team was recognised for their proactive, diligent hard work and the demonstrable positive impact that their project has within the health and social care sectors.

“We’re thrilled to have been Highly Commended in the best use of technology in patient safety category,” said Professor Hippisley-Cox. “It’s encouraging for all our team to have our efforts recognised by the HSJ awards programme, particularly when we think back and consider the many challenges we’ve all had to face since the dawn of COVID.”

QCovid was developed through a study of the anonymised health records of more than 8 million people using GP records, hospital records and mortality data from late January 2020 to April 2020. This initial analysis, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, was done using data collected during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom.

Over 900 guests gathered at Manchester Central on Monday 20th September 2021, to celebrate the driving of positive cultural change and innovation in the healthcare sector today across a total of 159 finalists and 23 categories. The awards highlight the organisational, team and individual efforts to push the boundaries of patient safety and minimise risk, enhance quality of care and ultimately save patient lives.

HSJ Editor Alastair McLellan comments; “The projects, teams and individuals this year have been of a remarkable quality and each of those highly commended at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards have been recognised based on their work to push the boundaries of patient safety and most importantly, save patient lives. We all know and can appreciate what an incredibly difficult period this has been for so many of our colleagues working across the healthcare landscape – and that’s what makes it such an honour to be celebrating projects of such high calibre and significance.

“We are also aware that QCovid is not alone in supporting and growing such a culture of hard work and positive change in healthcare – with patient at its very core – but on this occasion, they really did stand out as delivering exceptional services and ideas.  I’d therefore like to offer my congratulations to the QCOVID team on their commendation at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards”

The winners and those highly commended were announced across 23 categories during the HSJ Patient Safety Awards ceremony held at Manchester Central on the 20th of September.

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Read more about QCovid here.



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