We are delighted that the first Portsmouth Hospitals Patient Safety and Quality Conference took place last week, and it was a great success!
Staff from across the hospital were welcomed by Dr John Knighton, Medical Director who formally opened the conference. John then passed over to the first internationally renowned speaker, Dr Sean O’Kelly who took attendees through the University Hospitals Bristol inspirational journey from ‘Requires improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ in two years.
Next was Dr Henrietta Hughes, the National Freedom to Speak up Guardian, who gave a national perspective on speaking up in the NHS. Dr Hughes then went on the meet with Mark Cubbon - CEO, Theresa Murphy - Chief Nurse, Jenny Michael - Portsmouth Hospitals new Freedom to Speak Up Guardian and Freedom to Speak Up Advocates followed by a walk about. Our very own Dr Richard Jones, Consultant Cardiologist, then took the attendees through the Virginia Mason Model Journey.
Over 50 patient safety and quality abstracts were submitted, with many being selected to be presented as posters and oral presentations. The winners were announce by John Knighton, where they received a certificate. Well done to winners Sharon Pipe and the Falls Collaborative team with their project ‘To reduce harm from Falls’ and Kerry Burrows with her presentation on ‘How do we improve review of medication for acute patients living with frailty?’.
The afternoon finally saw all delegates rotating through a series of safety and quality workshops, which included Human Factors, Time to Act – Sepsis and Covert Medication, where they was described as “interactive, informative and interesting."