Nurse students, trainees and qualified staff will be able to use new toolkits about patient safety and raising concerns by the end of the year, Health Education England has confirmed.
The workforce development body has launched a new commission on education and training for patient safety, which it said would result in every member of NHS staff receiving “robust” new training in how to raise concerns about the way patients are treated.
It comes in response to Sir Robert Francis QC’s independent report on whistleblowing, the Freedom to Speak Up review, which included a recommendation that all staff and students should be taught about speaking out.
Training for students about raising concerns should be “embedded” within undergraduate and postgraduate courses, said the report, which was published last week.
“Patient safety should be the number one concern of all who serve patients in the NHS – the first and most important lesson they learn”
The new commission, which will be chaired by outgoing president of the Royal College of Surgeons Sir Norman Williams and be advised by nurse whistleblower Helene Donnelly, will focus on four themes.
One of these is looking at how staff are supported to raise and report concerns, while another is about exploring how mandatory training – existing and potentially new types – can improve patient safety.
Another theme is to explore how students and staff are taught about human factors– such as learning styles, behaviours and values, leadership and organisational culture – and how they can be adapted as patients’ needs change.
Service improvement science, which provides evidence on the best methods for improving the quality and safety of health services, is the final theme of the commission’s work.
HEE said it would begin to publish its findings this spring and make available new toolkits to all NHS student and staff – clinical and non-clinical – from the autumn.
Chief executive Professor Ian Cumming said: “High quality education and training is the basis of high quality, safe and effective patient care.
“Patient safety should be the number one concern of all who serve patients in the NHS – the first and most important lesson they learn,” he said