Every year I am inspired by the level and creativity of the work that is entered into the NHS Wales Awards.
The projects are diverse, covering many areas of healthcare and sometimes challenge the status quo and the accepted ways of doing things.
But all are driven by one aim; to improve the quality of patient care and experience.
Delivering quality improvement is vital to ensuring our NHS services are sustainable and meet the needs of patients.
That’s why the NHS Wales Awards are such an important platform to share best practice that is having a real and direct impact on the health and well being of the people of Wales.
Just think about two of this year’s winners. The development of a night time home dialysis service means patients can receive treatment at home rather than spending four hours, three times a week in hospital.
And a project to improve signs in a hospital has not only improved patient experience but was driven by patients and users in a real example of how co-production can deliver much better, quality services.
In 2014, the Awards will continue raising the importance of quality improvement by encouraging staff who are currently participating in Improving Quality Together to enter projects they are working on.
Improving Quality Together is a national learning programme that is equipping NHS Wales staff with new skills that will help them further improve standards and delivery of care.
More than 3,500 staff have already received the training and are seeing the difference it is making to their work.
The NHS Wales Awards have always aimed to recognise and celebrate good practice like this and I’m looking forward to seeing the entries we’ll receive. The closing date is 24 January, 2014.
There are eight categories to enter, including a new one aimed at students, and there will also be a new award called Outstanding Innovation in Care which will be presented to the overall winner.
The Awards are supported by key partners including the British Medical Association Cymru, Royal College of Nursing Wales and the Welsh NHS Confederation.
Their involvement makes the NHS Wales Awards a major, national platform to recognise and share best practice in healthcare.
It really is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements and commitment which are being delivered by staff every day to improve patient care.
Want to find out more about the NHS Wales Awards? Head to nhswalesawards.wales.nhs.uk