Patient Safety Learning Update - May 2018

The first thing to announce is that we are very happy to confirm that Helen Hughes has now joined Patient Safety Learning as our Chief Executive.

  • 31st May 2018

It continues to be a very busy time for the Patient Safety Learning team as we continue to develop our new organisation. We’ve been making lots of progress!

The first thing to announce is that we are very happy to confirm that Helen Hughes has now joined Patient Safety Learning as our Chief Executive. Helen is an experienced executive leader. She has held leadership roles in healthcare in the UK and the World Health Organisation and in improvement and regulatory bodies such as the National Patient Safety Agency, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Parliamentary Health Services Ombudsman and the Charity Commission.

Our work

Green Paper on Patient Safety

The Patient Safety Learning team are developing a Green Paper on Patient Safety. The paper will look at changes in the patient safety landscape in recent years and the progress made as well as setting out a vision for patient safety in the future and our views on further changes that are needed.

In developing this paper we are planning to engage widely with a range of stakeholders. We will be presenting the Green Paper at our conference in September.

Inaugural PSL Conference

We are at the final stages of planning our Inaugural Patient Safety conference planned for September 2018 and will be announcing more details about this very soon. We are very excited by the calibre of speakers we have lined up and we’ve been working hard to ensure that the day will focus on key areas of patient safety including: celebrating and sharing patient safety learning, sharing experience from the new Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch (HSIB), hearing directly from NHS leaders about patient safety improvement as well as talks from internationally renowned patient safety experts.

We will also be announcing the winners of our first Patient Safety Learning awards scheme. These awards are unique as they focus specifically on celebrating and rewarding a culture that encourages patient safety learning. We’ve had some fantastic submissions already, but there is still plenty of time and entering couldn’t be easier. More details are available here.

Please look out for more information about our conference and how to register to attend soon!

A new platform for sharing patient safety learning

Over the past 6 months we have been working closely with Dr Carl Macrae on developing a new and ambitious platform to help healthcare organisations around the world share patient safety learning and best practice. We will shortly be announcing the appointment of a Chief Digital Officer to lead this important work and we will be continuing to work closely with Dr Carl Macrea and Nottingham University as we develop our new platform.

We will be sharing more information about the work and how to get involved in the months ahead.

Patient Safety Training

Our ambition at Patient Safety Learning is to partner with specialist experts to provide leading-edge patient safety training in key areas such as:

• Designing and delivering training in investigations and other related aspects of learning from things that go wrong in health and social care

• Patient Safety leadership and training for Boards on NHS and Social Care organisations

• Application of human factors science for improving patient safety

Over the past few months we’ve been partnering with a number of different organisations towards developing a range of accredited training offers that include these key areas.

Our vision at Patient Safety Learning is to see a much more structured framework around the professionalisation of patient safety.

We are currently working with a range of training experts and partners to develop this programme and expect to able to offer a comprehensive range of training to health and social care organisations by January 2019.


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