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Hundreds sign up to safety

Hundreds sign up to safety

Over 560 staff and colleagues from primary and secondary healthcare attended the Trust’s Patient Safety Conference, at York Racecourse on Friday 9 June 2017.

The conference, which attracted a mixture of medical staff, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals from right across the region and further afield, was the third conference of its kind for the Trust.

Chaired by the Trust's Medical Director, James Taylor, Chief Nurse, Beverley Geary and Chief Executive Patrick Crowley, the day was planned to coincide with the Trust’s clinical governance day to give as many staff as possible the opportunity to attend.

The day's agenda featured international and national speakers, as well as a number of local speakers.  The keynote speaker was Dr Lori Paine from The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Baltimore, who presented on ‘Leading to High Reliability: A Cultural Transformation’.

James Taylor, Medical Director, said: "Sign up to Safety is a national initiative to help NHS organisations and their staff achieve their patient safety aspirations and care for their patients in the safest way possible.

"Organisations who Sign up to Safety commit to strengthen patient safety by setting out the actions they will undertake in response to five Sign up to Safety pledges, one of which is listening and learning.

"The conference gave us an invaluable opportunity to listen and learn. In addition it gave our staff, who work in all different roles, the opportunity to hear about the fantastic work that is taking place to improve patient safety - as well as what we need to do in the future to continue to reduce harm for our patients.”

During the day nearly 40 exhibitions from both internal, external and partner organisations, showcased their work and improvements in patient safety.  One of the exhibitions was for the Trust’s new ‘Institute’ - an innovative approach which will bring together a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience from across the Trust to drive innovation and change.

Awards were also made for the best abstracts for research or improvement work that represents a contribution in the area of healthcare improvement. This year 124 submissions were received, with the nine winning abstracts covering themes such as measuring and monitoring patient safety, patient centred care, teamwork and prevention of deterioration and harm.

The three winning posters came from Gemma Hancock, Tissue Viability; Michael Harness, Paul Hanna and Carmen Nusco, Dietetics; and Ben Richardson and Laurence Webb, Physiotherapy Department.

"The conference gave us an invaluable opportunity to listen and learn. In addition it gave our staff, who work in all different roles, the opportunity to hear about the fantastic work that is taking place to improve patient safety - as well as what we need to do in the future to continue to reduce harm for our patients.”

James Taylor, Medical Director

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