North West London Critical Care Network: Patient Transfer Bag - Networked approach

The NWLCCN wanted to standardise patient transfer bags across all 13 acute hospital sites. The reason for doing this was to reduce variation as there were 16 different transfer bags in use in the network including three differing ones in one acute hospital. This project also enabled the addition of training on a standardised transfer bag into the already successful Transfer training project. This would mean that all staff would be trained, leading to improved patient safety.

Every ICU, ED and HDU in NWL now uses the same transfer bag and contents. The contents are also listed in the Safer Transfer App.

The judges said the winners have taken a complex issue and developed a simple, practical and replicable solution, which crosses many boundaries and demonstrates wide spread improvements in patient safety and quality.

Highly Commended was The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton and Sussex Universities Hospital Trust.


Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust


Liverpool Heart and Chest FT

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust


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