Staff gather for Speak Out on Safety event

Posted: August 31, 2016

Celebrating improvements to patient safety

Staff from across the Great Western Hospital will be gathering together on Thursday 1 September to celebrate improvements to patient safety which have been made across the Trust in recent years and share further ideas to ensure safe and high quality care for every patient.

Speak Out on Safety will see the Academy at the hospital transformed into a vibrant hive of activity as speakers from both inside and outside the Trust share their wealth of knowledge and experience on all things safety.

Among the speakers on the day will be Martin Bromiley, who founded the Clinical Human Factors Group after the death of his wife during a routine operation, which went tragically wrong because of human error.

The Clinical Human Factors Group, for which Martin is Chair, aims to educate healthcare workers on how a better understanding of human factors can have a significant impact on patient safety and quality.500 Lives

Martin's keynote speech will link directly to 500 Lives, the Trust's vision to save an extra 500 lives by 2020 through the continual provision of safe and high quality care.

The Trust has five Sign up to Safety Priorities, which are all things we know if we can prevent and manage consistently, will save lives. They include sepsis, falls prevention, rescue of deteriorating patients, acute kidney injury and pressure ulcer prevention.

The Trust has already made great strides in its approach to managing
sepsis having Sign up to Safety logo 200saved 223 lives over the past two years and the focus is now on improving the treatment and awareness of acute kidney injury. It is 100 times more deadly than MRSA and tackling it is key to achieving the Trust's goal of saving an extra 500 lives by 2020.

Mark Juniper, Consultant Respiratory and Intensive Care Consultant and Clinical Lead for Quality, said:

"I want people to know that safety is always our number one priority.

"On rare occasions mistakes do happen and this event supports our culture of openness and quality improvement.

"We have a strong reputation for being open and honest, and were recently rated as outstanding by the Department of Health for learning from mistakes. This is because we know that openly recognising mistakes leads to improved patient safety and we encourage staff to speak up so we can share learning and make improvements to the quality of care we provide.

"There is some fantastic work being done across the Trust and this event is a unique opportunity to not only showcase our safety priorities, but also to further share learning and best practice across the Trust."


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