Helen Hughes steps up to join panel at Patient Safety Congress

  • 3rd July 2019
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Our Chief Executive, Helen Hughes, found herself stepping in at short notice to speak and join a panel at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Congress.

On 3 July at the Congress, the Association of British Health Tech Industries (ABHI) Patient Safety Working Group launched a new report with a panel discussion. The title of the report, and the panel, was Optimising Patient Safety Through Behavioural Modification - Improving the Human Factors: Driving Best Practice and Outcomes.

The report reflects how systems thinking, design for safety and human factors can help healthcare technology to enable safer care. These ideas are also among the many that motivate A Blueprint For Action, our recent report on the systemic action needed to deliver a patient-safe future.

So when a panelist proved unable to attend at short notice, Helen was delighted to step in to speak about how the ideas in the ABHI report align with the wider systems thinking set out in A Blueprint For Action.

She then joined a panel discussion with Rachel Power, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, Ian Duncalf, Vice Chair of ABHI Patient Safety Working Group, and Mike Fairbourn, Chair of ABHI Patient Safety Working Group.

Helen commented: “I was delighted to be asked to join the panel on this new report from the ABHI Patient Safety Working Group. As we set out in A Blueprint For Action, the ABHI report’s key ideas of design for safety, human factors and systems thinking are critical if we are to attain a patient-safe future. We are pleased to support this report and to have had this opportunity to help people learn from the good thinking that underpins it.”

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