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Quality, Clinical Risk and Safety: the Conference and the Future

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From left to right: Prof. Ajay Singh (Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women’s Hospital), Mr. Conor O’Kelly (CEO, NTMA), Minister for Health Simon Harris, Prof. Albert Wu (Johns Hopkins Hospital), Mr. Ciarán Breen (Director, SCA), and Dr. Dubhfeasa Slattery (Head of Clinical Risk, SCA) outside Dublin Castle at the Quality, Clinical Risk and Safety Conference September 12th 2016.

Progress regarding patient safety has been made nationally and internationally over the last two decades. Detailed data analyses are occurring and findings are being shared. While the seminal “quality report” by the Institute of Medicine in 1999, “To Err is Human: building a safer health system” identified that between 44,000-98,000 Americans  were dying each year due to preventable lapses in patient safety.  Recent publications estimate this figure to be 200,000-400,000.

The inaugural Quality, Clinical Risk and Safety Conference … captured the essence of the future of quality improvement and patient safety in Ireland.

High quality healthcare requires appropriate resourcing including highly trained staff, up to date equipment and appropriate infrastructure. Recruitment and retention of staff is a problem nationally. Good clinical governance with clinician leaders involved in decision making is important. Data interrogation at institutional, hospital group, national and international level is required.  Training in teams across multiple disciplines is critical. Health information technology and the electronic healthcare record are improving how healthcare is delivered.

Legal reforms, similar to those available elsewhere, are awaited in Ireland. Patient-centred care is what is strived for and, therefore, patient involvement in how this care is delivered is key. Support for healthcare staff working under stressful conditions is needed. Collaboration at national and international level is fundamental.

Topics discussed were varied, delivered by a range of expert speakers from very different backgrounds

The inaugural “Quality, Clinical Risk and Safety“ conference organised in Dublin Castle by the clinical risk team captured the essence of the future of quality improvement in healthcare and patient safety in Ireland. It involved all national stakeholders and some important international ones. Minister Simon Harris opened the conference. Three hundred healthcare staff demonstrated their commitment by attending. Various topics were discussed, delivered by a range of expert speakers, from very different backgrounds. This included reviews of legal reforms (Minister for Health and Mr John Meade NHS Litigation Authority); the rising costs of claims nationally estimated to be ~€300 million in 2017, (Mr Ciarán Breen, Director of the SCA); protection of our healthcare staff who are “second victims” (world expert, Prof Albert Wu, Johns Hopkins University); death due to medication overdose in a world class hospital and lessons learned (Prof Ajay Singh, Harvard Medical School); national data analyses of clinical incidents, claims and costs (Dr Dubhfeasa Slattery, Head of Clinical Risk, SCA); benefits of the Electronic Healthcare Record (Mr Richard Corbridge, Chief Information Officer, HSE); Obstetric challenges in Ireland (Ms Sharon Sheehan, Master, Coombe Women’s Hospital), improving quality of care in Surgery (Mr Ken Mealy, Vice President of RCSI);  future training of our healthcare staff (Prof Anthony  O’Regan, Dean of Post Graduate Education RCPI) and the invaluable contribution of patients to improving quality in healthcare, despite challenges (Mr Brian O’Mahony, President of the World Haemophilia Association).

Change implementation requires support from the top: Mr Conor O’Kelly, the CEO of the National Treasury Management Agency, welcomed and introduced the international speakers while various NTMA board members attended the conference in person.

The Clinical Risk Team (from left to right): Fiona Culkin, Mairead Twohig, Ann Duffy, Mark McCullagh, Rachel Reynolds, Claire O’Regan, Jane O’Reilly, Karen McCrohan, Blathnaid Connolly and Deirdre Walsh. Not pictured: Irene O’Byrne Maguire, Matthew Kennedy Dr. Dubhfeasa Slattery, Karen Robinson, and Mary Godfrey.

Members of the Clinical Risk Team (from left to right): Fiona Culkin, Mairead Twohig, Ann Duffy, Mark McCullagh, Rachel Reynolds, Claire O’Regan, Jane O’Reilly, Karen McCrohan, Blathnaid Connolly and Deirdre Walsh. Not pictured: Irene O’Byrne Maguire, Matthew Kennedy, Dr. Dubhfeasa Slattery, Karen Robinson, and Mary Godfrey.

The high calibre of speakers and delegates at the conference is testament to the fact that patient safety is central to those involved in healthcare nationally. The future involves addressing the range of issues highlighted, implementing the recommendations discussed and delivering outcomes that improve patient safety and patient experience in our hospitals and community healthcare organisations nationwide.

Article by: Dr Dubhfeasa Slattery,
MBBCh, MRCPI (Paeds), FRCPI, M Med Sci, PhD,
Head of Clinical Risk, SCA

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