30 Jul 2020

Patient Safety Learning and the hub

Patient Safety Learning

Unsafe care is one of the ten leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Every year there are 11,000 avoidable deaths in the UK as a result of unsafe care. Patient Safety Learning is an independent charity and voice for improving patient safety. Our aim is to reduce harm to patients and staff.
Last year we launched, the hub. the hub is a unique knowledge-sharing platform for patient safety that is free for everyone, whether healthcare worker, patients or patient safety professional. It provides a space to share tools, resources, stories and best practice, where healthcare workers and patients can discuss their patient safety issues and concerns. It enables patient safety ideas to be shared and widely implemented, improving the safety of patients and reducing harm.
 
Some recent articles on the hub include:

  • My experience of suspected ‘Long COVID’ – Intensive care doctor Jake Suett draws on his personal journey and that of others to highlight the prolonged and frightening symptoms many patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are experiencing.
  • The story behind CARDMEDIC – Rachael Grimaldi, an NHS anaesthetist, talks about what inspired the creation of CARDMEDIC, flashcards for healthcare workers to communicate with patients in the ICU during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We all want a culture of speaking up, don’t we? So why isn’t it happening? – An anonymous clinician shares their thoughts on why we haven’t yet developed a more open and supportive speaking up culture in Trusts up and down the country, framed through the six principles Sir Robert Francis laid out following his review of speaking up in 2015.
  • Safety Culture Discussion Cards – NHS Education for Scotland safety culture discussion cards (adapted from the original design by EUROCONTROL) to encourage conversations about safety culture so we can better understand what we do well, and where we need to improve.
  • Five X More campaign: Improving maternal mortality rates and health outcomes for black women – An interview by Patient Safety Learning with Tinuke, co-founder of the Five X More campaign and founder of the mothers group, Mums and Tea. The Five X More campaign formed in response to the MBRRACE 2018 report which highlighted that black women in the UK are five times more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth in comparison to a white woman.

Please join the hub, to learn and share knowledge for safer care - www.pslhub.org

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