National director for patient safety visits UCLH 

18/09/2019 00:00 
Aidan Fowler, the national director for patient safety, has visited UCLH as part of World Patient Safety Day.

The awareness day took place globally on Tuesday 17 September and aims to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.

Aidan, along with Matthew Fogarty, deputy director of patient safety, met with staff from the hospital to hear about what we do to keep our patients safe, including hearing about implementation of NEWS2 and our haematology podcasts

Dr Aidan Fowler, NHS national director of patient safety, said: “As a pioneer for safety – developing the world’s first and largest reporting system – the NHS is a leader in the global movement to improve patient safety in health services across the world and this success has been clear to see here today at ULCH.

“As part of our NHS Long Term Plan, the patient safety strategy for England published earlier this year sets out how over the next decade we will build on this progress and ensure that staff are comfortable speaking up so the right lessons are learnt to improve people’s care.”

Marcel Levi, chief executive, said: “Patient safety is a priority at UCLH and we are pleased to have hosted this visit with Aidan Fowler and had the opportunity to share the good work that our staff do.”

As well as the visit from Aidan, staff representing a variety of roles from executive personal assistant to the Trust’s directors spoke to porters, nurses and other staff about how they keep patients safe. They also invited staff to share any ideas they had to improve safety.

Chief Financial Officer Tim Jaggard, who took part in the walk-around, said: “I really enjoyed the chance to meet a range of staff and learn about what they are doing to focus on patient safety, make improvements and work across professional staff groups to ensure we keep patient safety as our top priority.

“It’s important that all staff feel able to raise concerns and that these are listened to, and I especially enjoyed talking to staff who had some great suggestions as to how patient safety can be further improved.”

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