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North Cumbria's hospitals hold first patient safety days

Posted on Tuesday 6th August 2013
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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has held its first Patient Safety Days for staff. The days are one of the many initiatives the Trust is putting in place following the Keogh review report which was published in July.

The first day was held at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle for around 120 members of staff drawn from all professional backgrounds from the Cumberland Infirmary. This was followed by another Patient Safety Day at Energus in Lillyhall, Workington for staff from West Cumberland Hospital.

The safety days, which will be held regularly, included presentations, a variety of workshops and staff working in their ward or department teams to assess care and identify an improvement priority. The afternoon ended with the teams presenting their priorities and receiving feedback.

Jeremy Rushmer, Interim Medical Director, said: “The patient safety days are important as they allow protected time for clinical teams to discuss, learn and continuously improve the care we give to our patients.

“We chose a range of workshops which covered important topics for improving patient safety. Aspects of care that we need to improve have been highlighted and we will only achieve these improvements by working together.

“I am encouraged by the hard work and dedication of our staff to improve the care for all of our patients and events such as our patient safety days really do prove our commitment to learning and improvement.” 

The Trust has also developed a dedicated Safety Panel which meets weekly to discuss key safety subjects such as serious untoward incidents, complaints and patient experience.