Background Following a thematic analysis of a series of Never Events in Theatres at Nottingham University Hospitals, one of the recommendations made was to establish a network of theatre team-based Patient Safety Champions enlisted from experienced members of the theatre practitioner workforce. This network has been sustained for over 3 years, but it is apparent that structured professional development in the role would benefit individuals in terms of their contribution as well as enhance the value of the network overall.
This abstract describes the design of such a curriculum and next steps in its implementation and evaluation.
Methodology A number of published UK and international curricula related to patient safety improvement in healthcare were reviewed. Key themed topics were highlighted in terms of knowledge and specific ‘safety’ skills and behaviours. These were subsequently contextualised to highlight relevance to operating theatre practices and care pathway that patients follow in the perioperative period. A range of educational methods were also considered in order to promote a blended approach of classroom teaching, access to web-based resources, and simulation-based experiential learning. An assessment methodology has also been designed to highlight gaps in knowledge or confidence, the latter enabling targeted coaching to ensure new knowledge and skills are implemented and supported in practice.
Outcomes The structure and process for curriculum delivery will be discussed, and the potential for extending this professional development pathway into different areas of clinical practice will be considered. Evaluation metrics to demonstrate benefit will also be outlined.
Potential impact This programme will benefit the integration of human factors education into daily practice by engaging team members more directly in patient safety improvement work. Developing and enhancing the collaborative nature of a network of champions should also accelerate safety lessons being shared effectively and build momentum towards improving a safety (learning) culture.
WHO patient safety curriculum guide: multi-professional edition October 2011
The Essential Guide for Patient Safety Officers published by Joint Commission Resources and Institute for Healthcare Improvement. 1st edn, April 2010
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