The patient safety movement started almost fifteen years ago when it was energised by the release of the Institute of Medicine report “To err is human”. Despite efforts since then to improve quality and safety many believe that little progress has been made in reducing harm caused by errors, accidents and unforeseen occurrences. There is a sense of frustration with current approaches to safety (Safety I) and disappointment that more progress has not been made. Recent developments in safety science, termed Safety II, focus on resilience, adaptive capacity and complexity science and show promise for advancing the safety agenda.
In this short blog Steven Shorrock gives us some tips on how to 'do safety II'.
About the Author
Steven Shorrock is an interdisciplinary humanistic, systems and design practitioner interested in human work from multiple perspectives. Steven's website, Humanistic Systems shares views on human factors, systems and safety from the perspectives of humanistic thinking, systems thinking and design thinking.