Following the successful, inaugural patient safety event held in Manchester in October 2019, Open Forum Events invite you to further consolidate knowledge and learning by attending the Patient Safety-Implementing the New Strategy conference.

The Patient Safety Strategy, published in July 2019, was designed to deliver improvements in patient safety and standards. The ambition is to make the NHS the safest system in the world to receive healthcare and it is thought that the implementation of the strategy could save nearly 1000 extra lives per year from 2023/24, whilst saving £100 million in care costs.

Based on three principles which are; A Just Culture, Openness and Transparency and Continuous Improvement, the strategy recognises three areas of work priority: Insight, Involvement and Improvement.

As a follow up to the conference ‘A New Strategy for Patient Safety–Insight, Involvement, Improvement’, this event will now turn its attention to the implementation of the strategy and how it is impacting on keeping patients safe from unintended or unexpected harm.

Delegates will learn more about:

  • The implementation plan and it’s roll out to patient facing professionals and all associated staf
  • The systems and processes that have been updated, as set out in the strategy, and how these will operate in the future to deliver improvements
  • Exemplars of best practice where innovation and technology are supporting enhanced safety for patients, staff and all those entering the NHS environment

Once again, we are delighted to introduce an outstanding line up of contributors, willing to share knowledge, experience and insight through the plenary sessions, with ample opportunity for interactive engagement with the delegate audience. The agenda has been designed to allow for casual networking amongst fellow professional and contemporaries committed to providing a safer NHS.

There are three guiding principles:

  • A Just Culture- Blaming people for non-malicious errors is not conducive to improved safety. The focus should be on changing systems and procedures to allow people to conduct their job more safely.
  • Open and Transparency-Encouraging staff to be open and honest when mistakes happen allows for shared discussion, learning and revisions to be made.
  • Continuous Improvement-A continuous focus to make quality improvements to the system by assessing what needs to be improved, how changes will make things better and how the impact can be measured. Empowering staff and patients to recognise and respond is crucial.

The three areas of work identified as priorities are:

Insight: The NHS will:

  • adopt and promote key safety measurement principles and use culture metrics to better understand how safe care is
  • use new digital technologies to support learning from what does and does not go well, by replacing the National Reporting and Learning System with a new safety learning system
  • introduce the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework to improve the response to and investigation of incidents
  • implement a new medical examiner system to scrutinise deaths
  • improve the response to new and emerging risks, supported by the new National Patient Safety Alerts Committee
  • share insight from litigation to prevent harm.

Involvement: The NHS will:

  • establish principles and expectations for the involvement of patients, families, carers and other lay people in providing safer care
  • create the first system-wide and consistent patient safety syllabus, training and education framework for the NHS
  • establish patient safety specialists to lead safety improvement across the system
  • ensure people are equipped to learn from what goes well as well as to respond appropriately to things going wrong
  • ensure the whole healthcare system is involved in the safety agenda.

Improvement: The NHS will:

  • deliver the National Patient Safety Improvement Programme, building on the existing focus on preventing avoidable deterioration and adopting and spreading safety interventions
  • deliver the Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme to support reduction in stillbirth, neonatal and maternal death and neonatal asphyxial brain injury by 50% by 2025
  • develop the Medicines Safety Improvement Programme to increase the safety of those areas of medication use currently considered highest risk
  • deliver a Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme to tackle priority areas, including restrictive practice and sexual safety
  • work with partners across the NHS to support safety improvement in priority areas such as the safety of older people, the safety of those with learning disabilities and the continuing threat of antimicrobial resistance
  • work to ensure research and innovation support safety improvement

To book your place please go to the organiser’s website