Developing practice and improving quality – it’s everyone’s business. Dr Bob Brown Senior Professional Officer (Practice and Quality) Northern Ireland Practice & Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC). Orthopaedic and trauma nursing: opportunities into the future.
Dr Bob Brown
Senior Professional Officer (Practice and Quality)
Northern Ireland Practice & Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC)
“The combined and unceasing efforts of everyone – healthcare professionals, patients and their families, researchers, planners, commissioners and educators – to make the changes that will lead to better patient outcomes (health), better system performance (care) and better professional development (learning)”.
Ref - Batalden and Davidoff, Quality and Safety in Healthcare, 2007.
“One of the most frustrating aspects of patient safety is the apparent inability of health care systems to learn from their mistakes. …………Tragic errors recur in new places over and over again. The solution to this problem is to investigate our errors and share lessons learned through a reporting system.”
Lucian Leape – Harvard School of Public Medicine
(Local context: DHSSPS Quality Standards, 2006; Safety First: A Framework for sustainable improvement in the HPSS, DHSSPS 2006
In England the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) estimates that 900,000 incidents a year result in harm or near harm to NHS patients……. Nearly a quarter of incidents and 39% of ‘near misses’ go unreported.
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