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PATIENT SAFETY CONFERENCE SUCCESS

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s first ever Patient Safety Conference attracted over 100 participants from as far afield as Guernsey and Jersey and a range of national and local speakers.

The aim of the ‘In Safe Hands’ conference was to raise the profile of patient safety amongst Island health and care staff.

Speakers included:

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  • Professor Jane Reid (Wessex Academic Health Science Network Clinical Lead Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative) spoke about Human Factors and Sign up to Safety
  • Lisa Richards-Everton spoke movingly about her late husband Paul Richards who died in July 2007 following a medical error
  • Peter Walsh (Chief Executive at Action against Medical Accidents AvMA) spoke about how the ‘Duty of Candour’ developed from the problems at Mid Staffordshire Hospital
  • Midwife Amanda Pearson (from the IW Surgery, Women’s and Children’s Health Clinical Business Unit) spoke about Maternity Services and the lessons learnt from 3 serious incidents requiring investigation (SIRIs) and ‘what’s next for Maternity Services’.
  • Dr Mark Connaughto (IW Associate Medical Director) spoke about Safety in Operating Theatres
  • Julia Harris (Consultant Emergency Physician at University Hospital Southampton) spoke about ‘team working under pressure’
  • Geoff Cooper and Tracy Broom (Patient Safety Collaborative) spoke about the Quality Improvement (Q.I) collaborative
  • Mark Pugh (IW Executive Medical Director) spoke on ‘How to win the hearts and minds of clinicians’
  • Glenn Smith (IW Tissue Viability and Nutrition Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist/Patient Safety Lead) spoke about pressure ulcers and patient falls

Speaking after the conference Isle of Wight NHS Trust Executive Medical Director Dr Mark Pugh said:

“The safety of patents is of the utmost importance to all clinicians whether they are doctors, nurses or allied health professionals.  The interest in and success of this, our first Patient Safety conference on the Island has been fantastic and is a testament to the hard work of the people who organised this event. It was great to see so many examples in the talks and on posters of the work our staff are doing to ensure the safety of our patients.”

As part of the conference Teams at Isle of Wight NHS Trust entered a poster competition. The winners of the poster competition were Matt Powell of the Children’s Ward (1st), Kay Marriott of Sexual Health (2nd) and Karen Kitcher of Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation (SIRIs) (3rd).

Glenn Smith, Tissue Viability and Nutrition Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist said:

“We hope that this important day has raised the profile of patient safety amongst all who attended and that everyone has ‘Signed Up To Safety’ – the national campaign for safer healthcare.  We’re grateful to all the organizations, companies, speakers and participants for supporting the event”.

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