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9/22/2014 6:00 PM

​​The Innovation in Patient Safety Education Award 2014 has been awarded to three recipients- the Canadian Forces Health Services Group (CFHS), Central Health (Newfoundland) and Renfrew Victoria Hospital (Renfrew, Ontario). The Innovations in Patient Safety Education Award recognizes organizations/groups that demonstrate best practices in patient safety and quality improvement work.

The Canadian Forces Health Services Group is the first Canadian PSEP – Canada affiliate to implement the train-the-trainer model to advance patient safety education nationally to affect system-wide change.  The CFHS hosted its first “Become a Patient Safety Trainer” education conference in March 2014 and certified a group of 18 PSEP – Canada trainers from within the CFHS ranks across the country.

The PSEP – Canada certified trainers from Central Health have formed a regional network of patient safety ambassadors to reinforce safety with staff and to proactively incorporate patient safety into organizational initiatives whenever appropriate. Collectively, the network members have developed a strategic plan, obtained board and leadership endorsement, developed a detailed Action Plan, and implemented a board reporting mechanism.

Renfrew Victoria Hospital in Renfrew, Ontario has adopted a nurse-led initiative to improve the culture of patient safety. Their PSEP – Canada trainers act as Project Leads and have organized and developed content and curriculum for education based on CPSI’s Safety Competencies framework and three of the six domains: Contribute to a Culture of Patient Safety, Work in Teams for Patient Safety, and Communicate Effectively for Patient Safety.

Previous recipients of the Innovation in Patient Safety Award include Bridgepoint Health (2011), Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre (2012) and the Manitoba PSEP – Canada Working Group (2013).

Congratulations to the 2014 Innovation in Patient Safety Award recipients who are recognized for their dedication and incredible work to improve quality and patient safety! Watch for upcoming articles profiling the 2014 recipients at