UCLPartners has selected four organisations from across the region to join its unique new programme that will support partners to develop in-house human factors expertise.
Human factors, often referred to as ergonomics, is an established scientific discipline used in many safety critical industries. The principles and practices of human factors focus on optimising human performance through better understanding the behaviour of individuals, their interactions with each other and with their environment. By acknowledging human limitations, human factors offer ways to minimise and mitigate human weaknesses, in turn reducing medical error and its consequences.
Participants on the programme will gain an in-depth knowledge of human factors and team-working, with the aim of supporting further training in their own organisations and, for some, becoming part of the UCLPartners Human Factors Faculty. The ultimate objective is to improve outcomes for patients, to ensure that ‘Safe by Design’ becomes every day practice.