- In the absence of a strong evidence base that describes the mechanism by which culture directly affects outcomes, safety culture is best seen as a precondition for change rather than an agent of change.
- Understanding of safety culture can vary between the frontline, management and executive levels of a healthcare organisation.
- Safety culture and climate assessment tools provide a practical device for stimulating conversations among staff – the creation of ‘safe spaces’ can help to surface safety issues. However, the temptation to impose the use of these tools for performance measurement or compliance purposes must be avoided.
We hosted a roundtable event to discuss what is understood as ‘safety culture’, why it is important and how it can be measured and monitored. This roundtable was held as part of the Health Foundation's work to lead a step-change in thinking about patient safety.
Patient safety experts from academia, public policy, quality improvement and frontline care came together to share their knowledge and learning in order to build understanding in this area, and to recommend some practical next steps. This event report summarises the discussion and identifies themes that should be explored further.
Measurement and monitoring of safety: impact and challenges of putting a conceptual framework into practice
Background The Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Framework provides a conceptual model to guide organisations in assessing...
You might also like...
Health Foundation response to The Topol Review on preparing the health care workforce for a digital future.
The Health Foundation responds to the National Audit Office’s investigation into the management of health screening.
Empowering prescribers to empower patients and fellow professionals: a novel approach to safe, person-centred practice
This project is aiming to improve the experiences of inpatients on insulin and the education of foundation trainees.
Health Foundation @HealthFdn
CLOSING SOON: Our Advancing Applied Analytics programme is aimed at improving analytical capability in support of h… https://t.co/tW2VYDYZYwFollow us on Twitter
Work with us
We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.View current vacancies
The Q Community
Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.Find out more