Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were the proud winners of three awards at the DAPS (Doctors Advancing Patient Safety) Global Awards on Friday 14 November which was part of the DAPS Global Summit in Nottingham.

The winners were:

  • Most innovative quality improvement project – Ashford and St Peter’s ‘Be the change campaign’ which was a hospital-wide campaign run by the Foundation Year 1 doctors to improve services provided to our patients, received by Carly Chu, Claire Matthews and Keefai Yeong on behalf of the Trust
  • Claire Matthews for Best patient-centred quality improvement project – improving the number of painful needle pricks for new born babies (neonates) with low blood sugars
  • Keefai Yeong for Significant contribution to quality improvement

Dr Keefai Yeong, the clinical lead for DAPS at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, said: "I am very proud and privileged to be working with such committed junior doctors. They are extremely valuable to our organisation and we will continue to work with them to improve the quality of care we provide to our patients here at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals."

DAPS Global, the parent organisation for the Summit, has been working over the last five years to empower doctors in training and medical students to improve quality and safety in healthcare.

The inaugural DAPS Global Summit was designed to bring together junior doctors nationally and internationally to learn about Quality Improvement and to share ideas.

The Awards ceremony was launched to recognise the fantastic work which is carried out by doctors in training and medical students in the field of quality and safety. With increasing demands on the healthcare service and ever decreasing resources, doctors in training in particular are an underused resource in helping devise innovative solutions to tackle the problems in healthcare as well as highlighting important issues which are often neglected.


The picture above shows Keefai Yeong (centre) with Foundation Year 2 doctors Carly Chu (left) and Claire Matthews (right)