Southern Trust staff participate in cross border Patient Safety Programme
11/11/2014Staff from Southern Health and Social Care Trust are participating in a unique training programme which brings together senior managers and clinicians from hospitals and services on both sides of the border. The cross border Patient Safety Programme focuses on best practice in patient safety and how it can be applied in local health facilities.
Funding for this initiative has been provided by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme secured by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), the cross border health services partnership. The 28 participants in the programme include medical consultants, senior nurses and allied health professionals from the Northern, Southern and Western Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland and the HSE areas of Cavan, Monaghan and Sligo.
The programme is collaboration between the Health and Social Care Safety Forum which is part of the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and the National Quality Improvement Programme – a joint partnership of the Health Service Executive and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
The cross border initiative seeks to improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients across both jurisdictions by developing a core group of health professionals, who can lead on service improvement, with a focus on patient safety and quality, within their own health service organisations. Each participant is required to apply the skills acquired from the learning sessions back in their local hospital / health service facility through the completion of a project within the lifetime of this programme. Furthermore, it will also lead to the development of additional capacity and capability in the area of patient safety/quality improvement within front-line health services.
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Gavin Lavery, Clinical Director, HSC Safety Forum, Public Health Agency said: “The CAWT Patient Safety Programme continues to enhance the capability and capacity of our clinical, managerial and support staff to redesign the services we deliver to patients in a way that increases safety and quality. He added: “By working together on a cross border basis we are developing ‘champions’ who will work to improve outcomes for patients for years to come.”
Dr John Simpson, Medical Director for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: “In the Southern Trust we are committed to delivering high quality care and our staff have an excellent track record in patient safety. As clinical standards are always changing, we are delighted to participate in the CAWT Patient Safety Programme project to share our learning with experts from across Ireland and to ensure that we are continually improving to guarantee that patients receive the best possible care.”
Welcoming the commencement of the third programme, Chief Officer of CAWT, Bernie McCrory said: “I am delighted that the cross border Patient Safety programme is proving to be so successful and has garnered an excellent reputation with both health services on this island. Opportunities like this are so valuable because they enable our doctors, nurses and other health care professionals from both sides of the border to engage in joint training, which ultimately benefits patient and clients. Our support for this training programme is just part of the work of the CAWT cross border partnership in improving access to health services and facilitating greater integration between the health services in both jurisdictions.”
This current programme is scheduled to conclude in March 2015 with a final session at which participants will feedback on the practical service improvement projects they have undertaken to enhance patient safety.