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'Staff need to understand that culturally safety is their personal responsibility'

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For the next five days, we are running a special Patient Safety Week to coincide with our Patient Safety Awards, which will be handed out at the Lancaster London on Wednesday 4 July.

These auspicious awards bring together the most innovative and pioneering initiatives that are designed to ensure the best outcomes for patients. In all cases, multi-disciplinary teams, including nurses, have taken a look at where safety could be improved and put measures in place to ensure that this is prioritised above all else.

What we’ve found when judging many of our awards is that staff training, confidence and communication are the essential tools needed to introduce patient safety measures. Staff need to understand that culturally safety is their personal responsibility, and they need to appreciate what they can do, the impact it will have and be confident in their abilities to carry it out.

With that in mind, we’re launching a week of free learning units all designed to improve nurses’ knowledge and enhance patient safety. These are designed to update your clinical skills, boost your confidence in handling this aspect of nursing care and – ultimately – improve the safety of your patients.

The learning units will take about two hours, although you can save as you go along and return to them as you go back so it can fit conveniently into your time that you have free. On completion with 70% of the answers correct, you’ll get a certificate that will count towards your CPD hours. But the units are only available for free for 24 hours, so try and do them on each of the allocated days.

Monday is nutrition screening, Tuesday is venous thromboembelism prevention, Wednesday is pressure ulcer prevention, Thursday is conflict resolution and we finish on Friday with falls prevention and management.

All units are designed for nurses by nurses, and will inform, educate and improve your knowledge. And for each day, they are totally free. If you like the idea of our learning units, then you can get unlimited free access to our complete portfolio of over 30 units on a range of subjects by subscribing to Nursing Times magazine for just £88 a year.

Enjoy this special learning week and our units.

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