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Sir David Dalton steers Salford Royal to safest in NHS

Categories: Patient Safety, Innovation | Author: Matt Stewart | Posted: 4/09/2014 | Views: 1089


Sir David, who presented to the WA HRT chapter meeting on August 28 2014, has been a NHS Chief Executive for 19 years and has steered his UK organisation, Salford Royal, to be the safest organisation in the NHS. He demonstrated how a scientific disciplined approach, drawing together academic evidence and practical experience, can produce a framework for safety measurement and monitoring, to effectively address the vexing issue of patient safety.

Sir David presented findings from the Francis Report of 2009, which reported appalling suffering of patients due to an “insidious negative culture” and “clinical disengagement”. What resulted was a 6 tiered approach to gaining a “High Reliability Culture”. Among the insights were leadership visibility, greater accountability and deep staff engagement, but perhaps the most controversial initiative was a red/amber/green labelling system of wards for all to see, with frank infection and falls information.

Members can view Sir David’s presentation by clicking here.

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