By Helen Hughes, Chief Executive of Patient Safety Learning
It's been one year since Patient Safety Learning's charitable status was officially recognised. To mark this occasion, I'd like to let you know about the work we've been able to achieve in that time, and what our plans are for the future.
Over the past year, we've increased our presence for safer care:
In our reports, we're calling for action. One of the big ways we've done this at Patient Safety Learning is by launching the hub, our shared learning platform for patient safety.
the hub has been designed with clinicians, patient safety experts and patients, and is a crucial online repository for sharing different experiences and perspectives of what has worked well, as well as case studies, research papers, blogs, investigation reports, policy guidance, and toolkits. the hub provides a platform where people can ask questions, seek advice and share ideas to improve patient safety.
We held our annual conference in October this year. Themed around our six foundations for safer care, the conference was well attended and received very positive feedback. One of the sessions in particular generated plenty of discussion both offline and online. The session, 'Leadership for patient safety', consisted of speakers Dr Elaine Maxwell, Clinical Advisor for the National Institute for Health Research; Tom Kark QC, who was senior counsel to the Mid Staffs Inquiry; and Professor Ted Baker, the chief inspector at the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In comments picked up by press present at the event, Baker said that, while the CQC had seen improvements in many of the areas on which it assesses NHS trusts, “safety has not moved on". For more detail about what is needed, please see A Blueprint for Action.
Also at the conference, we held our awards prize-giving. Our annual awards, where we celebrate and learn from successful patient safety initiatives, is another way Patient Safety Learning is helping to improve shared learning.
For more information about our award winners and their innovative initiatives, please see the hub.
We have lots of plans for the future. You can read more about our thinking and proposed actions in A Blueprint for Action, but here are some of the projects we're currently working on:
I've been delighted to see the hub develop from an idea into the unique and innovative shared learning platform that it is today. Using the hub, the Patient Safety Learning Trustees and team have had the privilege of interacting with people from a range of backgrounds, all who are invested in working with others to make patient safety the core purpose of health and care in their different organisations and roles.
Here's a few reflections from the hub which I find particularly exciting:
Despite the challenges the health and social care sector faces in sharing for safety, such as pressure regarding funding and workforce capacity, we're committed, here at Patient Safety Learning, to support progress in this area. We're particularly proud of the opportunities the hub is giving us to pick up on patient and staff stories, bring issues to public attention and work with organisations to redesign the system.
At our conference in October, Tom Kark commented that "the hub could be a really useful tool for dissemination, of what people have learnt as a result of mistakes that have happened", while Ted Baker said, "the hub might be really revolutionary if we can all get invested in it and make it work."
If you haven't yet signed up for the hub, please can I encourage you to do so at www.pslhub.org. Using the hub and social media, will you join us in the revolution and #share4safety?