year and new decade provides a perfect opportunity to reflect and consider what
we have achieved and hope to achieve for safety.
together to improve care and reduce harm
the midst of the political turmoil of 2019, the news may have been missed that
a network of trusts across UCLPartners came together to discuss and collaborate
for invasive safety. Invasive safety is surgical safety plus other ‘invasive
procedures’, such as endoscopy, cardiology and interventional radiology, as described
in the National Safety
Standards for Invasive Procedures. The standards take us beyond the WHO checklist and into not only what the
team does, in their sequential safety steps but what the organisation does to
support them. The aim is to improve care, reduce harm and reduce invasive never
events through a process of standardisation, harmonisation and education.
safety visits, a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) curriculum and revised checklists
the past year, seven hospitals have come together as a network to look at the
bigger picture of invasive safety. The network has included sessions on
multidisciplinary education, human factors, metrics, leadership and
implementation. Often hospitals become focussed on the hard numbers – such as never
events – and haven’t considered the longer game of qualitative metrics that are
more meaningful and representative of improvement. The network is developing a
number of tools through collaboration including enhanced safety visits, an MDT
curriculum for team training and revised checklists.
to think and tackle challenges
with peers across UCLPartners has undoubtedly been interesting and beneficial. The
pressure that hospitals are under for efficiency and beds can be overwhelming
and we have to ensure and be vigilant that safety remains our first priority. The
network has helped us recognise that we are not alone in trying to make
hospitals safer. It allows the participants breathing space, time to think, an opportunity
to collaborate and share successes which refreshes them ready for the
achieved so much by working together over the past year and I’m excited for the
future of the network and the changes we can make as a collaborative to make invasive
procedures safer for the patients we care for in the future.
Find out more about
the Invasive Procedures Safety Network