Patient Safety Learning and Joanne Hughes publish blogs on patient engagement for patient safety

  • 29th January 2020

Today, Joanne Hughes and Patient Safety Learning launch the first in a series of blogs on patient engagement for patient safety, one of its six foundations of safer care for patients.

Forming the basis of the organisation’s 2019 report, A Blueprint for Action, these six evidence-based foundations for action address the causes of unsafe care. Patient engagement is one of these, along with shared learning, leadership, professionalising patient safety, data and insight, and Just Culture.

Since its formation, Patient Safety Learning has been working with patients and campaigners to progress work in the area of patient engagement. One such campaigner for patient safety is Joanne Hughes, who set up the website Mothers' Instinct.

Author of the series of blogs, Joanne writes from her personal experience, with insights of patients and families and from extensive research in patient safety. Having lost her 20-month-old daughter Jasmine in 2011, Joanne is passionate about reducing harm both from safety incidents and poor responses, and ensuring that learning from unsafe care is applied to prevent future tragedies.

Today’s first instalment is titled ‘When healthcare harms – Who cares?’ and stresses the need for a holistic care package for those affected by serious incidents, stressing that their safety should be considered just as important as the safety of future patients.

More blogs will follow, developing our understanding of the needs of patients, families and staff when things go wrong, and looking at how these needs may be best met and by whom.

Read Joanne’s first blog now by visiting the hub, Patient Safety Learning’s digital platform for shared learning. All future instalments will be available to read on the hub.

To get latest updates about stories and news on the hub, including when the next blog in the patient engagement series will be available to view, register at You can also stay up-to-date by following Patient Safety Learning on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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