The clinicians and researchers at UW Medicine have the insight to develop projects that enhance the quality and safety of patient care at UW Medicine, and those projects need guidance and funding. UW sought to tap this insight and support it, creating the Patient Safety Innovations Program (PSIP).

PSIP provides pilot funding and expert guidance to innovative projects that improve patient safety and quality of care, reduce medical-legal expenses, and strengthen the academic environment around patient safety. 

Eligibility

Clinicians or researchers who are UW-employed faculty members whose UW Medicine component contributed to the UW Self-Insurance Resolving Fund (Airlift Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, School of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, or UW Neighborhood Clinics) are eligible to apply. Grantees will receive technical assistance with both new and currently funded projects. 

Benefits

  • A one-time pilot project grant up to $50,000
  • Ongoing technical assistance and academic support
  • Access to clinical experts to help the project succeed

Current Proposal Window

Proposals are due by February 1, 2017 at 5pm Pacific Time. 

Project funding will start July 1, 2017. 

Areas to Address

Projects must address one or more of the following areas:

  • The role of effective communication in delivering high quality, safe healthcare
  • Simulation as a method to improve quality and safety
  • Projects to improve quality and patient safety in alignment with UW Medicine's initiatives around Care Transformation
  • Communication and behaviors aligned with the current UW Patients are First Pillar Goals including:
    • Focus on serving the patient and family (i.e., meeting patient satisfaction targets to position UW Medicine as a national leader in patient satisfaction)
    • Provide the highest quality care (i.e., prevent patient harm and deliver best practices in evidence based effectiveness scores)
    • Become the employer of choice (i.e., establish best practices in hiring and become a national leader in clinician and employee satisfaction)
    • Practice fiscal responsibility (i.e., effectively manage finances to ensure resource availability for patient-centered initiatives, services, and facilities)

Proposal Requirements

Projects must:

    • Be led by a UW-employed faculty member whose UW Medicine component contributed to the UW Self-Insurance Resolving Fund (Airlift Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, School of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, or UW Neighborhood Clinics)
    • Show impact on the quality and safety of healthcare at UW Medicine and, if applicable, across multiple campuses at UW
    • Focus on innovation to improve patient safety rather than ongoing operations
    • Involve a UW Medicine Clinical site; priority will be given to projects that involve multiple UW Medicine sites
    • Be a maximum of 18-months in length
    • Have a maximum budget of $50,000 in direct costs and a high likelihood of securing external funding at the close of the PSIP year (one-time purchases of equipment designed to enhance patient safety will also be considered)
    • Clearly articulate short and long term metrics of success
    • Include an evaluation plan
    • Include a sustainability plan

    The number of projects funded depends on the quality of applications received and the amount of funding available. PSIP grants are a one-time award to support promising pilot work and are not a commitment from UW Medicine to fund ongoing related work. 

    Questions

    Please send all inquiries to psip@uw.edu