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Medical Education

Patient Safety Away Day

Published: 26 March 2012

This one day event brought together medical school staff and clinicians from across the region.

It was aimed at

  • Contextualising and defining what is meant by ‘patient safety'
  • Clarifying and evaluating current undergraduate teaching and learning opportunities
  • Exploring how best to integrate patient safety within new plans for the curriculum
  • Developing future patient safety teaching and learning opportunities 

There were two external speakers.  Dr Duncan McPherson is a specialist registrar in pain medicine and anaesthesia in Wessex.  He spent 2010 seconded to the Chief Medical Officers Clinical Adviser Scheme where he worked directly for Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer to the UK government, on many aspects of national and international patient safety work.  He is currently writing an MD thesis on a population level analysis of patient safety and the impact of the adoption of new technologies.  He worked with the WHO on patient safety projects.  Duncan is particularly interested in Human Factors and how this affects patient safety.

Dr Peter Old worked as a GP in Hampshire and later served as an appointed medical member of the General Medical Council Fitness to Practise Committee.  His health authority career culminated in an appointment as Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority in 2000.  Subsequently, he came to work for the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) where he established the NCAS Adviser team; advising and assisting referring bodies in resolving concerns about the practice of doctors, dentists and pharmacists.

The Away Day was facilitated by Dr Faith Hill and Dr David Owen, with key contributions from Ms Karen Nugent and Dr Louise Dubras.

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