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Risk Assessment and Management Awards

The APT-DICES® Award for Excellence in Risk Assessment & Management.

These annual awards were established to keep people 'enthused' and thinking about how they can apply training in risk assessment and management in their practice. Application is simple: just 1,000 words and the preparedness to discuss what you have written. The application may be on your own behalf or on behalf of your service and each successful submission will be published on our website.

The benefit of receiving such an award is primarily in satisfaction and status. The tangible benefit is in the form of a certificate, which states your receipt of the award. You will also be able to put the words “Recipient of the APT-DICES® Award for Excellence in Risk Assessment and Management 2017” on your letters / emails, if you wish.

What the award looks for is: (A) a description of an assessment / intervention with a patient or group of patients, (B) the assessment/intervention will feature DICES® largely, although not necessarily being the only action you make with this patient, (C) what you describe should “inspire” other people who read it – they should have ideas they want to implement in their practice too.

The awards are made annually, and the closing date for submissions is the last day of May. You can make submissions at any time during the year, and they will be retained and examined shortly after the closing date.

Recipients of the APT-DICES® Award for Excellence in Risk Assessment and Management 2016:


Assessment Consultation Therapy Service (ACTS), Ireland.

Judge’s comments: Good to see The DICES® System tailored to a specific high-risk setting. Particularly like the relationship-led choice of key clinicians, and the provision of risk-oriented clinical workshops and clinical reflection sessions. Also the awareness that things can go wrong and that we need to be able to describe our risk-management thinking on those occasions. Again, well presented, even including a rival acronym!

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Partnerships in Care, East Midlands.

Judge’s Comments: A pity not to see an integrated risk assessment package (like DICES of course) but this submission easily earns its award through its comprehensive approach to risk assessment, its positive approach to risk management incorporating the functional analysis of red behaviour to guide the positivity, and a sensitivity to the role of the professionals involved. Nicely and succinctly presented too.

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Past recipients of the APT-DICES Award for Excellence in Risk Assessment and Management:


Dr Caroline Knight and Prof Nick Alderman.

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The Women's Service, St Andrews Hospital, Northampton.

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Future Focus, Kemple View Psychiatric Hospital, Blackburn.

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The DICES<sup>®</sup> Risk Assessment and Management System

The DICES® Risk Assessment & Management System.

Available in 3-day, 2-day and 1-day versions.

A cogent system that actually facilitates clinical work, this is one of our most renowned courses. Thousands of UK professionals have already attended it.

With the starting point that excellent risk management involves excellent clinical practice, The DICES® Risk Assessment and Management System shows what is necessary to properly assess and manage risk easily, reliably and to the benefit of all, and this accounts for its staggering popularity.

Part one covers the nature and theory of risk assessment and management: why we do it and what we aim to achieve by it. Part two covers risk assessment specifically: if you don't notice the risk there is no chance you will manage it correctly. Part three covers risk management: there is no virtue in spotting a risk if you are not able to manage it. The end result is that not only do you know about risk assessment and management, you also have the ability and the equipment to do so reliably and well.

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