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Next steps for improving patient safety in the NHS

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This Westminister Forum conference from will examine policy priorities for improving patient safety in the NHS in light of forthcoming regulatory changes and plans to tackle key areas of concern through the updated Patient Safety Strategy.

It will be an opportunity to discuss patient safety during COVID-19 and how best to drive improvements in the recovery from the pandemic, as well as the impact of recent developments including:

  • the recently introduced Health and Care Bill, which includes measures aiming to strengthen the role of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch in improving patient safety
  • an updated Patient Safety Strategy, including a new commitment to developing understanding of how patient safety can contribute to tackling health inequalities.

Keynote contributions from Keith Conradi, Chief Investigator, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and Natasha Swinscoe, National Patient Safety Lead, AHSN and Chief Executive Officer, West of England AHSN.

The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • policy priorities - ensuring patient safety across the health and care system, and identifying areas for improvement
  • the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch - the evolving role of the HSIB, and the potential impact of proposed reforms
  • patient safety during COVID-19 - improving continuity of care, the uptake of technology and innovative practice, and informing the future NHS approach
  • developing a focus on patient safety:
  • learning from previous failures
  • embedding a focus on patient safety across the health and care system
  • the role of the Patient Safety Commissioner and Patient Safety Specialists
  • the health and care workforce - meeting training needs around patient safety, developing processes for early intervention, and the role of leadership and management in supporting culture change.


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