How can we make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world? Can we harness the power of digital technology to improve patient safety? What digital innovations do we need to improve the safety of care, and what approaches are necessary to enable healthcare staff to interact with these innovations in technology?
These are big questions. But none too bold to be addressed at our recent NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC) Symposium. By tackling challenging topics such as these, our event provoked impassioned discussion and debate while whetting the captive audience’s appetite with plenty of food for thought. (more…)
Two years on and the Summit has achieved enormous international success. It has been held in 3 countries – the UK, Germany and Japan – and in its third iteration attracted delegates from over 40 countries. (more…)
I attended the Communications Strategy event on 30 May 2017, which brought together a combination of patients, carers, members of the public, healthcare professionals, researchers and PSTRC staff members who work in communications. We discussed a wide range of issues and had the opportunity to feed into a draft communications strategy for the NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.
We know that education and training are immensely important in ensuring patient safety. We also know that its benefits are not just direct (i.e. the attainment of knowledge and skills), but also include more nuanced gains (i.e. better communication skills, better teamwork, time for reflection which can contribute to overall personal growth). At Imperial College London, we’ve worked in patient safety for a long time (2002!) We’ve also worked in education and training for a long time. In fact, we’ve worked at the intersect of education/training and patient safety since 2007, with our MSc programme Quality and Safety in Healthcare.
As a servicer user who has been involved in research work and was a Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Research Fellow (2016), I was privileged to be invited to be part of the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre‘s (NIHR Imperial PSTRC) Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) strategy working group.
The aim of the working group was to bring together researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, carers and public members to discuss and improve the draft PPIE strategy for the Centre. The event explored the practicalities of implementing the strategy and discussed how patient and public representatives could be supported in getting involved in research.
I was first properly introduced to the term “patient and public involvement and engagement” five and half years ago, working with research grant applications at Wellcome. I was one of the lucky people to be part of the first intake of their Graduate Development Programme, where I got to work in four departments for six months each. The organisation opened my eyes to how important it is to get the public interested in science and the vast possibilities of how to do so. At lunchtimes I had the luxury of going to lectures and exhibitions in the Wellcome Collection next door, which would always be bustling with curious members of the public.(more…)
The symposium, now in its fourth year, aims to showcase examples of current research and to stimulate debate and discussion between researchers, healthcare professionals, members of the public and anyone with an interest in the safety and quality of healthcare. (more…)