The Scottish Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland are seeking entries for the 2019 Quality Improvement (QI) Awards.
Returning for their fourth year, the awards are dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the fantastic range of quality improvement practice that has been taking place across the length and breadth of Scotland to ensure that services are the best they possibly can be for babies, children, young people and their families.
The QI Awards not only recognise the hard work of practitioners, teams and partners, they also play a crucial factor in helping to strengthen services and to give children the best start in life, with equal opportunities to learn and thrive, enabling Scotland’s children and young people to realise their full potential.
The nine categories are now open for entries until 26 July. Entry forms can be downloaded from the QI Awards website. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on 12 November, as part of the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) Learning Session.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney, who presented the awards in 2018, said, “The Quality Improvement Awards demonstrate the commitment from individuals and organisations working to improve the lives of children, young people and families. The awards provide an opportunity to share best practice and improvement methods that are having a positive impact on people across Scotland. It is a great honour to reward those who are passionate about making Scotland the best place to grow up.”
This year sees the awards launch four new categories;
Excellence in Using QI to Support the ‘Best Start in Life’ (0-8 Years)
This award is to recognise outstanding work using Quality Improvement to deliver improved outcomes for children and their families in the early years, to give them the ‘Best Start in Life’. Applications/nominations are open to practitioners, teams and partners working to promote early intervention and prevention across Children’s Services and to support early childhood development.
Excellence in Using QI to Support our Children and Young People Towards Better Outcomes (8+ Years)
This award is to recognise outstanding work using Quality improvement to deliver improved outcomes for children and young people aged 8 years plus.
Applications/nominations are open to practitioners, teams and partners working to enable our children and young people to realise their full potential.
Top Team Award for Embedding QI as a Way of Working to Get It Right for Every Child
This category is for outstanding teams who are adopting a Quality Improvement approach as business as usual to ensure our children get the right help; at the right time; from the right people. Nominations/applications should demonstrate a relentless focus on working together in a coordinated way using Quality Improvement to implement the approach of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC).
Compassionate Collaboration Award
Applications/nominations are welcome for teams who are working with others to use Quality Improvement to ensure children and young people and/or their families feel their support/care is based on what matters to them and they are treated with kindness, dignity and respect. Applications should demonstrate how the team have collaborated with others to achieve better outcomes for children and young people by putting children’s rights at the heart of their actions.
For further information on the QI Awards please visit the website.