Centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning

Patient safety

Patient Saftey - operating theatre scene

Patient safety


The prevalence and impact of errors in health and social care practice have led to the acknowledgement that patient safety education must be integrated into undergraduate and post graduate curricula for health and social care staff. The Council of Europe Committee Ministers advocated in “Recommendation 7: Management of patient safety and prevention of adverse events in healthcare” that governments need to develop a coherent and comprehensive patient safety policy framework. The framework’s objectives include promoting safety cultures at all healthcare levels, adopting a proactive and preventive approach to designing health systems for patient safety reasons, emphasising patient safety as a leadership and management priority and encouraging learning from patient-safety incidents (Council of Europe, 2006).

The Centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning is collaborating with key stakeholders within NHS Primary and Secondary Care Trusts to promote the development of patient safety. These pages will provide a strategy to patient safety, development of educational programmes, links and resources to patient safety. The centre percieves that working collaboratively with service users and partners in academia and clinical  practice effetive interprofessional working. Effective nterprofessional teamworking is critically important in delivering high-quality patient care, improving staff morale and increasing patient safety (Jones & Jones 2010).

Useful resources

In April 2005 Elaine Bromiley died as a result of problems during routine surgery. A report produced by the then President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland identified serious errors during her time in surgery. As a result and from his own professional concerns as an airline pilot for patient safety and the human factor Martin Bromiley formed the Clinical Human Factors Group.


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University of Nottingham Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2HA

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