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Patient Safety Day September 2022

6 September 2022

  • Making improvements

Our second annual Patient Safety Day will take place on Wednesday 14 September 2022, to recognise and support World Patient Safety Day that follows on the 17th.

We will be holding the day in the Lecture Theatre at Furness General Hospital. The theatre can host up to 100 colleagues, so you will need to book onto the session(s) of your choice. Sessions can be booked by following the instructions on the intranet.

There will also be a live stream of the event for those who cannot drop in throughout the day, plus a recording will be shared shortly after.

We received fantastic feedback from those who joined the first Patient Safety Day in April, and many teams have already taken learning from the day and developed this within their own areas.

Our Speakers

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Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is Professor and Director of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Professor at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University in the Netherlands. Sidney has lived and worked in seven countries across four continents, is fluent in a number of languages and has won worldwide acclaim for his ground-breaking work in human factors and safety.

Sidney coined the term 'Safety Differently' in 2012, which has since turned into a global movement for change. It encourages organizations to declutter their bureaucracy and set people free to make things go well, and to offer compassion, restoration and learning when they don't. Sidney has given many hundreds of keynote talks all around the world.

An avid piano player and pilot, he has been flying the Boeing 737 for an airline on the side. Sidney is bestselling author of, most recently: Foundations of Safety Science; The Safety Anarchist; The End of Heaven; Just Culture; Safety Differently; The Field Guide to Understanding 'Human Error'; Second Victim; Drift into Failure; and Patient Safety. He has co-directed the documentaries 'Safety Differently,' 2017; 'Just Culture,' 2018, 'The Complexity of Failure,' 2018, and 'Doing Safety Differently,' 2019. His work has over 13,100 citations and an h-index of 48.

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James became involved in patent safety following the loss of his baby son Joshua in 2008. 

Formerly a project manager in the nuclear industry, James has since worked as the National Advisor on Patient Safety for the Care Quality Commission and was a member of the advisory group established to set up the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

James’s current roles include Ambassador and Patient Safety consultant for the charity Baby Lifeline, Patient Safety Investigation Educator with HSIB, Specialist Advisor to the Independent Investigation into East Kent Maternity Services as well as advisory roles with NHSE/I and PHSO.

James was awarded an OBE for service to Patient Safety in 2015 and in 2018, completed a PGCert in Patient Safety at Imperial College, London. James’s book, Joshua’s Story was published in 2015.

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Jane O’Hara is Professor of Healthcare Quality and Safety, based within the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, UK. She is Deputy Director of the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group, and theme lead for the Patient Involvement in Patient Safety theme within the NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Jane also holds a Visiting Professor position at the SHARE Centre for Resilience in Healthcare at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Jane has over a decade of experience leading patient safety research, and a further eight years of applied psychological research prior to that. Her interests include: how to engage patients and families to ensure safe care and support quality and safety improvement; the measurement and monitoring of patient safety; safety theory and resilient healthcare approaches; co-production; and, quality and safety intervention development and testing.

Currently, Jane leads two large grants funded by the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research programme, and is co-applicant on grants funded by THIS Institute, the Trondheim Foundation and Research Council of Norway, and the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Health Research.

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Rob Behrens is Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in the UK, a Crown Appointment held since 2017. Educated at Nottingham and Exeter Universities, he has been an academic (he is currently a visiting professor at University College London), senior civil servant, and Ombudsman. 

Rob worked on international public service reform and standards in public life during service in the UK Cabinet Office. Through the transition to a democratic South Africa, Rob prepared liberation movement cadres for senior public service postings, and briefed the Constitutional Assembly on public service provisions in the new Constitution. Rob was personally thanked by President Nelson Mandela for these contributions to the construction of a post-apartheid public service in South Africa.  

Rob served as Secretary to the Committee on Standards in Public Life, an independent, arms-length body advising the Prime Minister on ethics and public service standards. He left the Civil Service on being appointed Complaints Commissioner to the Bar Standards Board in England and Wales. He then became Independent Adjudicator (Ombudsman) for Higher Education in England and Wales (2008-16). Rob was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for his services to higher education.

Rob is Vice-Chair of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI, Europe), a member of the IOI World Board, and Chair of Governors at ARU Peterborough. He has been Vice-Chair of the Ombudsman Association (UK and Ireland), and Chair of the European Network of Ombuds in Higher Education (ENOHE). Rob has published and broadcast widely on Ombudsman reform. Publications include Being an Ombudsman in Higher Education: a Comparative Study (ENOHE, Vienna, 2017), and The Art of the Ombudsman: leadership through international crisis, (IOI, Manchester, May 2021). Rob is a lifetime supporter of Manchester City FC

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Aidan Fowler is the National Director of Patient Safety in England and a Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Since March 2020 he has been on secondment to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.

Previous roles:

  • Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Director of the 1000 Lives Improvement Service for NHS Wales, with responsibility for quality improvement and patient safety across the Welsh NHS
  • Board member of Public Health Wales
  • Worked briefly as a Medical Director in Mental Health and Community care in Worcestershire
  • Executive at University Hospitals Bristol while on the NHS Leadership Academy Fast Track Executive Training Programme
  • Consultant colorectal surgeon in Gloucestershire for 10 years and Chief of Service for Surgery for 4 years

Aidan trained with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston and was Improvement Adviser to the South West Safer Patient Programme.

He worked on patient safety with West of England Academic Health Science Network. He has also worked as faculty with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in the peri-operative safety domain in Qatar, infection reduction in Portugal and teaching improvement and safety in the UK and internationally.

Aidan’s surgical training was in the South West of England. He graduated in medicine from University College London.

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Janett Walker is the CEO of Anti Racist Cumbria. Janett co-founded Anti Racist Cumbria in 2020 and has overseen the growth of the organisation from an online group of activists to a strategic and influential registered charity whose mission to make Cumbria the UK’s first actively anti-racist county is already pioneering meaningful change. Ever the activist and disruptor from a young age, change has never frightened Janett; her career has taken her from overseas youth worker to lawyer to events and PR business owner. At each turn Janett has been a force for good, challenged the status quo and uplifted those around her.