The Commission on Education and Training for Patient Safety published its report Improving Safety Through Education and Training in 2016. Since then Health Education England (HEE) has been delivering against the recommendations within the report nationally, regionally and in collaboration with partners. This has set a firm grounding for the next phase of educational development required to deliver the NHS Patient Safety Strategy (NPSS).
Patient Safety Syllabus
Health Education England has published the first NHS-wide Patient Safety Syllabus which applies to all NHS employees and will result in NHS employees receiving enhanced patient safety training.
Written by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and commissioned by HEE the new National Patient Safety Syllabus outlines a new approach to patient safety emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care while also including systems thinking and human factors.
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Patient Safety Repository - In Safe Hands
In Safe Hands is our new patient safety resource, it has been produced in response to the recommendations made in the 2016 report ‘Improving Safety Through Education & Training’.
This is a constantly evolving resource where the content will be updated and added to as work in patient safety is progressed. We invite the submission of additional materials in respect education, training and development activities in healthcare to support patient safety to complement that already gathered.
Patient safety training materials have been published by Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement, The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and elearning for healthcare, elements of which are expected to be completed by all NHS employees, even those in roles which are not patient facing. Completion of the training will help to ensure health and care services are as safe as possible for patients and service users.
The training materials can be found on the elearning for healthcare hub. The training has five levels, which build on each other, the first two levels Essentials for patient safety and Access to practice being made available today. The first level, Essentials for patient safety, is the starting point and all NHS staff are encouraged to complete it. Level one also provides an additional session for senior leaders: Essentials of patient safety for boards and senior leadership teams. Level two, Access to practice is intended for those who have an interest in understanding more about patient safety and those who want to go on to access the higher levels of training.
The training has been devised following the publication of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy which contains a patient safety syllabus. The syllabus sets out a new approach to patient safety emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care while also including systems thinking and human factors, all of which has been incorporated into the training.
In 2016 the independent Commission on Education and Training for Patient Safety – supported by academic partner Imperial College – was established by HEE to look at the future of education and training for patient safety in the NHS over the next 10 years. Its resulting publication, Improving Safety through Education and Training was the first report to focus on how education and training interventions can actively improve the safety of patients.
HEE published a Strategic Response to Improving Safety through Education and Training report (July 2019) outlining the wide-ranging initiatives led by HEE to improve patient safety through education and training. NHS service providers, in partnership with HEE local offices, have and will continue to implement education, training and development initiatives to promote safe clinical practice across health and care services, while work is taking place across the strategic bodies to ensure awareness of patient safety issues is developed throughout the workforce.
The Commission made 12 recommendations to HEE, and the wider system, including to:
1. Ensure learning from patient safety data and good practice.
2. Develop and use a common language to describe all elements of quality improvement science and human factors with respect to patient safety.
3. Ensure a robust evaluation of education and training for patient safety.
4. Engage patients, family members, carers and the public in the design and delivery of education and training for patient safety.
5. Supporting the duty of candour is vital and there must be high-quality educational training packages available.
6. The learning environment must support all learners and staff to raise and respond to concerns about patient safety.
7. The content of mandatory training for patient safety needs to be coherent across the NHS.
8. All NHS leaders need patient safety training so they can have the knowledge and tools to drive change and improvement.
9. Education and training must support the delivery of more integrated ‘joined-up’ care.
10. Ensure increased opportunities for inter-professional learning.
11. Principles of human factors and professionalism must be embedded across education and training.
12. Ensure staff have the skills to identify and manage potential risks.
In July 2019 the NHS Patient Safety Strategy was launched, HEE contributing to the education and training section in collaboration with NHS Improvement. Outlined in the strategy is the need for better training for all NHS staff in the identification, proactive management and reporting of patient safety incidents.
The strategy indicates that an improved emphasis on safety can; save patient lives, improve quality of care, enhance staff working practices, and save money for the NHS.