South West Healthcare Staff to benefit from Elite Patient Safety Officer Training in Exeter

Following the success of previous Patient Safety Officer (PSO) training programmes in 2015, the South West Academic Health Network (SW AHSN) and the South West Patient Safety Collaborative will welcome 80 successful candidates to a week long course from May 16th – 20th 2016 at the Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter.

PSO training is a bespoke version of US-based Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Patient Safety Executive Development Programme and will be delivered by the IHI senior faculty.  The course would normally cost $10,000 per person and occurs just twice a year in Boston.  The SW AHSN is able to offer this training to delegates from the South West at no charge.

Individual frontline staff and teams applied for the training in January and February of this year, and were informed if they were successful in March. The week will build on the success of the last PSO course held in October 2015 (see video).

SW AHSN aims to improve and sustain the healthcare system in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Somerset for current and future generations of patients, while prioritising on finding solutions for problems which affect the largest numbers of patients and put the greatest stress on our healthcare system in the South West. It runs a wide range of events which help give an insight into the skills and practical tools needed to run quality improvement projects. The South West Patient Safety Collaborative exists to create a culture of continuous quality improvement across the South West. Hosted by the South West AHSN, we value our partners and work continuously to improve patient safety across the whole system.

Rob Bethune, Clinical Advisor to SW AHSN says: ‘The PSO training is a really great opportunity to spend time discovering together about how we create a continuously learning environment.  Everyone who has attended the previous two courses has gained as individuals and also their organisations will benefit and thus ultimately the patients of the South West, who we all serve’

Healthcare professionals wanting to find out more about future events should contact info@swahsn.com

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