Westminster Health Forum

Improving patient safety in the NHS: culture change, regulation and implementing the national patient safety strategy

Morning, Thursday, 31st October 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the priorities for improving patient safety in the NHS - looking at implementing the national patient safety strategy, moving forward with a culture change and the next steps for policy.


Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of a new national patient safety strategy to be released later this year, delegates will assess the key issues for the delivery of the strategy.


We expect discussion on engaging with patients and families, the role of technology in improving patient safety, and the challenges for leadership and the health and care workforce in fostering a culture of transparency and accountability.


The agenda looks at the effectiveness of regulation in improving safety.


It follows the CQC’s report Opening the door to change, which concluded that the education and training of healthcare staff needed improvement in order to reduce Never Events - and a culture change and collaborative approach was required to make this happen.


The seminar will also be an opportunity to assess the key issues for professional regulation and the next steps to achieve a learning and not blaming culture in the NHS.


It takes place in light of the recently published Independent review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide, and the recommendations that the GMC must repair their relationship with doctors to regain trust.


Attendees will discuss the impact of investigations in changing cultures of safety in the NHS and the role of whistleblowing in improving the safety of healthcare systems and processes - following the announcement of the investigation into Failings at Liverpool Community Health, which aims to identify opportunities for learning.


The findings from investigations conducted by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will also be assessed - such as the recommendations to NHS England and NHS Improvement to expand the remit of the Cross-System Sepsis Board in the recently published Investigation into recognising and responding to critically unwell patients.


Further sessions examine what more could be done to reduce avoidable harm, learn from harm when failures occur and address the rising cost of clinical negligence in the NHS - including the progress of programmes such as Getting It Right First Time in reducing unwarranted variation in patient safety.



Keynote Speakers

Sir Robert Francis QC

Chair, Healthwatch England; Honorary President, The Patients Association and Non-Executive Director, CQC

Denise Chaffer

Director of Safety and Learning, NHS Resolution

Dr Leslie Hamilton

Chair, Independent Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide

Dr Bill Kirkup

Chair, Independent Investigation, Failings at Liverpool Community Health

Keynote Speakers

Erik Mayer

Consultant Urological Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

Sir Robert Francis QC

Chair, Healthwatch England; Honorary President, The Patients Association and Non-Executive Director, CQC

Denise Chaffer

Director of Safety and Learning, NHS Resolution

Dr Leslie Hamilton

Chair, Independent Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide

Dr Bill Kirkup

Chair, Independent Investigation, Failings at Liverpool Community Health

Speakers

Dr Nigel Acheson

Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, CQC

Senior speaker confirmed from The Doctors’ Association UK

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

Senior Medicolegal Adviser and Lead for Education, Medical Protection Society