Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust supports first World Patient Safety Day

Published: 17 September 2019

The Trust was proud to support the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) first ever Patient Safety Day.

Having taken place on 17 September 2019, the worldwide campaign aims to create awareness of patient safety and urges people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.

According to the WHO, four in 10 patients are harmed each year in primary and outpatient healthcare due to unsafe health care worldwide resulting in 2.6 million deaths annually in low-and middle-income countries alone.  Most of these deaths are avoidable.

Michele Moran Chief Executive said “The safety of our patients is at the heart of everything we do. As a Trust we want to create a strong and learning leadership culture that supports staff to feel safe to report patient safety issues without fear of retribution, and be empowered to act swiftly to address risk”.

To support this important initiative our Trust held a patient safety educational event for staff.

Titled 'Speak up for Safety', the programme included a variety of speakers including a family’s lived experience of when services fail to deliver safe care.

Dr Caroline Johnson Assistant Director of Quality Governance and Patient Safety launched the Trust’s new Patient Safety Strategy which aligns with the ambition set out in the national NHS Patient Safety Strategy, builds on the achievements from our previous strategy (2016-18), and sets ambitious goals for the next three years in order to realise our ambition to become an outstanding organisation.

Also addressing the delegates was Paul Gimson who currently supports the NHS and Welsh Government in Quality Improvement in Primary Care and Medicines Safety. Paul will address the topics of medication without harm and the behavioural aspects of patient safety.

Delegates also heard from Dr John Byrne, Trust Medical Director and Hilary Gledhill, Director of Nursing and Executive Lead for Patient Safety.

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