Expressions of interest welcomed for Human Factors Exchange

Have you identified a safety concern that would benefit from a Human Factors intervention? Have you had multiple incidents or identified system unreliability? Could a Human Factors expert help you solve the problem?

Human Factors and Ergonomics has been highlighted as a key area for development in the NHS in order to improve patient safety. In response to the findings from the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry 2013, outlined in the Francis Report, and the recommendations that were drawn from the Berwick, Winterbourne and Keogh reports, the National Quality Board developed a Concordat, which emphasises the importance of applying Human Factors and Ergonomics in healthcare to significantly improve the quality of care for patients.

With Human Factors highlighted as a key area for development in the NHS, Eastern, West Midlands and East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) in association with Health Education England are developing a Human Factors Exchange (HFE) that focuses on developing and utilising the rich and diverse expertise available in the HFE to amplify its impact in the NHS.

To help achieve this, funding is available for Human Factors projects in the NHS which improve the quality of care and safety of care in these priority areas:

  • physical deterioration
  • culture/leadership
  • maternity/neonatal safety
  • mental health

Submit your expression of interest by 8 January 2018. If shortlisted, submissions will be requested to be developed into a proposal which will be presented to a panel of HFE members in a Dragons Lair style event for final decision making. Please fully read the guidance notes and complete the expressions of interest template listed below. Email for more information.

Guidance notes

Call for expression of interest

Expression of interest form

Human Factors Exchange timetable:

Expressions of interest deadline – 8 January 2018

Shortlist expression of interest and feedback provided – 15 January 2018

Dragons Lair Event – 9 February 2018 

Successful projects identified – 11 February 2018

SLAs signed – 31 March 2018

Project starts – 1 April 2018

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