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    • Scottish Government
    • 05/03/21
    • Everyone

    Summary

    The Scottish Government wants your views on its proposals to establish a Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland.

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    Background

    The Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2020-21 commits it to establishing a Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland. The decision to create this role came about as a result of the First Do No Harm: The Report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (the Cumberlege Review), published in July 2020. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport accepted all of the recommendations in the review, including recommendation 2 relating to the establishment of a Patient Safety Commissioner.

    Consultation

    The consultation process opened on Friday 5 March 2021 and closes on Friday 28 May 2021. It seeks views on a range of issues relating to the new Patient Safety Commissioner role, including:

    • what that role should look like
    • who the Patient Safety Commissioner should report to
    • how the role should interact with existing legislation and policies, as well as with the various organisations involved in providing and improving health and care services in Scotland.

    Responses to the consultation will be analysed and used, along with a range of other available information and evidence, to inform the development of proposals on the role of the Patient Safety Commissioner.

    Consultation on a Patient Safety Commissioner role for Scotland (closes 28 May 2021) https://consult.gov.scot/healthcare-quality-and-improvement/patient-safety-commissioner-role-for-scotland/
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    Interesting. An important consultation.

    This prompted me to look for the consultation process for the Patient Safety Commissioner in England. I can't find one. maybe I've missed it 🧐

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    I don't think you've missed it @Steve Turner. The Medicines and Medical Devices Act which made the provision for it got Royal Assent on the 11 February, so my expectation is that a consultation on it from the Department of Health and Social Care will be coming... but not seen any indication yet as to when. Definitely something I'm keeping an eye out for!

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    I am too, this has so much potential to permanently improve safety for patients. I look forward to the consultation for the England role.

    Links to a previous post of mine:

    'The person specification & job description of the Patient Safety Commissioner will be key. E.g,  someone who is credible and comfortable at all levels, with patients, carers, the public and with professionals, has a background in inter-disciplinary working, and is able to consider things from all angles. A tall order indeed.

    I believe this will need an open recruitment process, and the role will need involvement of ALL stakeholders spanning professional boundaries / hierarchies, and fully including those who raise difficult questions and issues.'

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