clinical human factors group

The charity working to make healthcare safer

We save lives – and we need your help

The charity works with clinicians and experts to promote the use of Human Factors Science to make healthcare safer for patients and staff, to optimise well-being and improve system performance.

Our Mission


Designing for safety

Embedding Human Factors science into procurement, design and delivery of care.

Learning from success and failure

Encouraging a just culture, better local investigations, so mistakes are not repeated and success is.


Promoting Human Factors science

Through education and training in all healthcare settings

The Clinical Human Factors Group, a charity,  was set up by Martin Bromiley after his late wife died needlessly following a routine operation. Ten years on, the charity has influenced a generation of workers by promoting the application of Human Factors science in all areas of healthcare. However, the NHS continues to have 230 preventable deaths per week so there’s more to do.

Avoidable hospital deaths per week

Avoidable hospital deaths per year

Serious incidents reported to NHS per year

Human Factors Perspectives Video Series

What's the point of Clinical Human Factors?

What's bullying got to do with Patient safety?

Cognitive workload: What has it got to do with buckets?

Cognitive workload: Why should we take breaks?

How can we influence design in Healthcare?

What's design got to do with Patient safety?

What would good Human Factors Training look like?

Persuading the Board to invest in Human Factors

Do we need training for experts in patient safety?

How does Human Factors play into Quality Improvement?

What does Quality Improvement bring to patient safety? Factors Perspectives Video Series with Nikki Davey

What does 'drifting' look like in Healthcare?

What are the challenges facing Human Factors in Healthcare?

Why don't we talk about 'drifting' more?

What measures demonstrate improved patient safety?

Should we be using measurement to standardise good practice?

How can standardisation improve patient safety?

How did you introduce the Safer Surgery Checklist

The use of Human Factors to understand root causes

My first experiences of Human Factors in theatre

Human Factors examples in patient safety

When did Human Factors become relevant to you?

Who first influenced you about Human Factors?

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How we make a difference

We work across organisations, departments and disciplines and our independence allows us to raise the awkward questions and challenge mainstream assumptions.

“Think of the charity as a campaign and activist group with the power of respected world class experts who are trusted for their independent, considered and thoughtful support and guidance. We have the ability to push where others can’t and it is vital that as we grow and develop we retain these vital capabilities.”

Martin Bromiley OBE


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