“Patient Safety is the avoidance of unintended or unexpected harm to people during the provision of healthcare”.
We are delighted to have been invited to give a keynote speech at this Open Forum event. Dr Cicely Cunningham our Learn Not Blame lead will be speaking on DAUK’s Learn Not Blame campaign and a need for culture change in the NHS.
Although the NHS strives to provide patients with the safest possible care, there are times, unfortunately, when things go wrong. Around two million patient safety related incidents are reported every year, with most occurring within the acute, mental health and community care sectors.
The NHS Long Term Plan highlighted several safety issues that need to be addressed; the fear of blame and retribution which curtails reporting and learning, lack of staff understanding of patient safety matters and workforce issues. With the aim to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, a new strategy for patient safety sets out plans to focus on continuous learning and measurable improvement.
Based on three principles which are; A Just Culture, Openness and Transparency and Continuous Improvement, the strategy recognises three areas of work priority: Insight, Involvement and Improvement.
A New Strategy for Patient Safety--Insight, Involvement, Improvement is a conference designed to bring together all stakeholders who have a responsibility to deliver safe patient care. The conference will provide delegates with improved insight of:
- The aims of the strategy and the principles on which it has been created
- The areas of work identified as priority and the elements within them that will bring about quality improvement
- The strategy implementation, including the latest developments and initiatives to deliver the desired results
Through the agenda, delivered by key expert speakers, delegates will gain an essential update on the future direction of patient safety within the NHS and hear how it intends to become the safest place in the world to receive treatment.