Driving a culture of safety at Congress and in the Eastern Region

Jo Yellon, Eastern Patient Safety Collaborative, Improvement Coach

This year’s Patient Safety Congress was a hot one with the sun shining outside the Manchester conference centre. Inside, I joined others to listen, discuss and feel inspired by an exciting range of topics such as Human Factors, Delivering Quality, Governance and Compliance, the relationship between Policy and Practice and Driving a Culture of Safety.

The need for a healthy and safe culture for clinicians and teams to practice within was a continuing theme in many of the workshops. We all know that organisations need to support safety and improvement at every level and to promote a positive culture to improve safety, so we are really pleased that we have received so much interest in our offer to support trusts within the Eastern region to undergo the SCORE safety culture survey which will support teams in their drive to create the right environment for good practice to thrive.

The standout discussion forum for me was “What’s happening with Sepsis and how can we do better”. The forum began with inspirational Sepsis survivor, Katie Dutton, whose experience of being a patient with Sepsis led her to become a nurse. She was also awarded student nurse of the year for her Sepsis Champions work. Well done Katie! Dr Matt Inada-Kim, the national Sepsis lead, spoke candidly about the human and resource costs of Sepsis and although we are getting better at faster recognition and treatment, there is still room for improvement with the support of aids such as NEWS2.  In addition, collecting metrics for the Sepsis syndrome and its many factors remains a challenge.

Feeling inspired by the Patient Safety Congress, I would like to tell you about the upcoming Eastern PSC learning event – The Deteriorating Patient: Recognition, Response and Conversation, which takes place in Cambridge on 2 October.

The event will provide an opportunity for delegates to network with like-minded colleagues working in a range of roles within acute, community, care homes and primary care. We will be showcasing local and regional deterioration improvement projects and have invited speakers from the Patient Congress to come along and share their inspiration.

We hope you can join us at this event which will attract around 80-100 delegates.

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