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NHS trusts champion patient safety in national initiative

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Last month’s Patient Safety First Week has been heraldad as a resounding success, as trusts across the country got involved to raise safety awareness

Patient Safety First Week is the brainchild of Patient Safety First, a collaboration of senior clinical and management specialists from around the NHS. Running from the 21-27 September, the initiative saw NHS trusts take innovative steps to raise the profile of patient safety issues.

Walsall Hospitals Trust started proceeding with ‘leadership safety walkarounds’ by the trusts’ five directors. Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals carried out a similar scheme, with junior doctors accompanying the executive team.

At Great Ormond Street Hospital, surgical safety checklist workshops were held all week for staff, with drop-in sessions to explore challenges and solutions.

University Hospitals of Leicester held a clinical governance road-show for visiting staff to discuss areas of patient safety.

Patient Safety First have also produced a series of podcasts to report on news and activity from around the country. Click here to watch the podcasts.

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