The Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust has been bestowed upon the Patient Safety Congress Awards 2021 following its collaboration with the VR solutions provider for the health, education, and social care sectors, Antser.
The Darent Valley Hospital was victorious in the ‘Effective Use of Technology’ category because of its successful project with Antser to pioneer the use of Virtual Reality for their Safeguarding Training.
The Patient Safety Congress Poster Competition is an industry-leading award managed by the Health Service Journal Awards to recognize the safety and quality improvement initiatives nationally and globally.
Ten staff members at the Darent Valley Hospital received practical training through the innovative VR program under the supervision of the Safeguarding Children’s Team.
Antser VR is amongst the foremost VR-enabled behavior change programs created to facilitate children’s and adults’ social care in addition to health and education. The program deploys in-house designed, hard-hitting VR films to immerse the participants into the lives of children and young people who have suffered abuse. They get to experience life first-hand from the perspective of the victims.
Richard Dooner, Chief Executive Officer at Antser, said, “We are so thrilled that our virtual reality partnership with the NHS Trust saw Darent Valley Hospital become winners at The Patient Safety Congress Poster Competition.”
“This partnership with Darent Valley Hospital has been successful for so many reasons but mostly because staff at the hospital are now armed with the knowledge and experience to recognise certain situations, meaning the right referrals to social care can be made, at the right time.”
Darent Valley Hospital is further evaluating the efficacy of VR for a stop-smoking initiative and for delivering trauma-informed training in partnership with other health partners.
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