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Patient Safety And Clinical Skills

Safety & Improvement

Safety & Improvement

The publication by the US-based Institute of Medicine of ‘To Err is Human’ in 1999 gained worldwide attention through highlighting the problem of patient safety. However, ‘to err is human’ describes a specific perspective of patient safety in which, at the individual level, medical practitioners are implicitly or explicitly considered to be a key ‘causal factor’ in why things go wrong. There is now a growing recognition that human interactions with wider systems issues frequently influenced clinical performance and outcomes, rather than just individual skill, knowledge and experience. In recent years attempts to broaden the safety focus to include wider systems issues and concerns that individual practitioners and care teams can identify and learn from have informed both NES postgraduate educational activities as well as national improvement programmes such as the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP)

 Our primary focus remains on supporting and informing education, training and life-long learning of the NHS and social care workforces in patient safety. We continue to underpin our work, where possible using core Human Factors/Ergonomic (HFE) principles.

Below we have highlighted some of our educational activitities and resources. For a full range and decription of these please click here.