Morning, Tuesday, 22nd February 2022
This will be an important opportunity to examine the next steps for improving patient safety in the NHS in the context of the ongoing pandemic, the updated Patient Safety Strategy, and the MHRA consultation launched to improve patient safety and regulation around medical devices.
Delegates will also discuss priorities in the context of the Health and Care Bill, which includes measures aiming to strengthen the role of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) in improving patient safety.
Key areas for discussion include:
- system learning - assessing approaches, sharing best practice, supporting the workforce, education and training, and building a learning culture
- patient involvement - examining priorities for involving patients and the public within patient safety
- regulation - options for a more flexible and adaptable approach
- clinical negligence - how best to improve the negligence system
- the role of the HSIB - including its scope going forward and informing whole system learning
- COVID-19 - looking at what has been learned for patient safety and how best to drive improvements in recovery from the pandemic and into the future
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:
- Nigel Acheson, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Care Quality Commission - on opportunities for improving regulation and reducing avoidable harm
- Rob Behrens, Parliamentary and health Service Ombudsman - on the way forward for improving patient safety and the priorities for the Health and Care Bill
- Keith Conradi, Chief Investigator, HSIB - on the expanding role of the HSIB, the potential impact on the most serious patient safety risks, and opportunities for whole system learning
- Professor Kevin Harris, Programme Director and Clinical Advisor, Interventional Procedures Programme, Centre for Technology Evaluation, NICE - on the role of NICE in improving patient safety within the NHS
- Justine Sharpe, Safety and Learning Lead, London NHS Resolution - on addressing the rising costs of clinical negligence in the NHS
- Lucy Watson, Chair, The Patients Association - on listening to service users and learning from failures
We also expect discussion on what has been learned for patient safety during COVID-19 and how best to drive improvements both in the recovery from the pandemic and into the future.
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the CQC; the DHSC; States of Guernsey; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.