The NHS Patient Safety Strategy, published in July 2019, describes how the NHS will continually improve patient safety, building on the foundations of a safer culture and systems. Within the strategy, the Medicines Safety Improvement Programme has set out their initial set of priority projects, which include improving medicines administration safety in care homes.
In this webinar we heard an overview of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, what it means for medication safety in 2020 and beyond, and specifically, the Patient Safety Collaborative network led project on improving medicines administration safety in care homes. Research shows that care homes have the highest error rate per patient, leading to a disproportionately high overall number of errors. The NHS Long Term Plan’s vision for more integrated care wrapped around the needs of patients and service users rather than the needs of organisations is bringing about collaboration between organisations, and this webinar highlighted the Patient Safety Collaboratives’ principles of quality improvement methodologies to redesign models of care, and encourage attendees to work with their respective AHSNs.
- Judith Hendley is Head of Patient Safety Policy at NHS England and NHS Improvement and kindly stepped in to present Sabina Khanom slides. Sabina is a Pharmacist and Patient Safety Policy Lead (Primary Care) within the National Patient Safety Team at NHS England and Improvement.
- Nicola Wake is the Medication Safety Officer at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. As the Specialist Pharmacist: Lead Medication Safety within the NHS SPS Medicines Use and Safety team she facilitates the Medication Safety Officer network.
- Ruth Dales is Lead Pharmacist for the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative with Health Innovation Manchester and chair of Local Healthwatch
A recording of the Webinar is available here and a pdf of the presentation is attached below. You need to be registered and logged into the SPS website to access the recording.
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Administrator, Medicines Use and Safety Team