What the airline industry can teach healthcare about patient safety.

8th May 2017

The safest airlines are at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and advanced technology.

According to the Secretary of State for Health, there are around 200 deaths in our hospitals that could have been avoided every week: “that’s like a plane crash a week because of mistakes we shouldn’t be making.”

The CHN talk will look at the what the health service can learn about safety from the airline industry. The talk will highlight the tensions between openness and transparency and a culture of blame. We’ll consider the powers of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) and the duty of candour as well as criminal liability, coroner’s inquests and professional regulation. Our panel will be exploring the systematic approach to safety shown by the aviation industry and the key learning areas for healthcare. All of this will be set against the changing attitudes and approaches to patient safety.

Speakers are:

  • Nick Toff, the former Director for Clinical Quality, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and establishment advisor on the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB)
  • James Titcombe, Patient Safety Specialist, Datix and advisor on the HSIB
  • Duncan Astill, Partner, Mills & Reeve

To find out how you can attend click here to email the team.

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