This year for the first time ever, Nursing Times, and its sister title HSJ, are running the Patient Safety Congress & Awards event together with the Patient Safety event team, ensuring it is a must-attend event for everyone working in healthcare.
Patient safety is everyone’s business. For a long time, many of the measures of patient safety have been focused on nurses and clinicians. Preventing pressure ulcers, falls and drug errors and many other areas are all heavily influenced by nursing staff but nurses are not the only ones who can affect outcomes in these areas. The finance director, HR, the CEO and the rest of the the board, the non-executive directors, the porters, the domestics – everyone in the team can influence the safe care of patients with the decisions they make and the way they go about their jobs.
Everyone has a role to play whether their day job is scrutinising the spreadsheets or changing the bedsheets.
So we’ve reflected that in this year’s programme. There’s information on the business case for safety. In short, looking after patients safely is more cost effective than the alternative – and we can prove it.
But there’s something for the teams delivering care on the frontline too. There’s presentations from our previous Patient Safety and Care Awards winners showing how to make tangible differences to your organisation to improve safety. Tried and tested methods to make you deliver a safer experience in care settings all over the healthcare landscape.
And if you’re already doing something fantastic in patient safety, don’t forget to tell us all about it by entering this year’s Patient Safety and Care Awards and then you could be speaking at the Patient Safety Congress 2016. You can enter here.
So if you’re new to this event, or if you’re a devotee, don’t just come yourself. Bring your finance director, your chief executive or your entire board.
Safety isn’t just the responsibility of the nursing profession – it’s everyone’s business from ward to board.
The Patient Safety Congress and Awards is in the ICC, Birmingham from 6-7 July 2015. Book your place today.
Editor, Nursing Times