NHS National Director of Patient Safety Aidan Fowler visits Health Innovation Manchester

Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative showcased their innovative work when hosting a visit from Aidan Fowler, NHS National Director of Patient Safety, NHS Improvement and Phil Duncan, NHS Head of Patient Safety Programmes, NHS England and NHS Improvement, at the Health Innovation Manchester offices on Thursday, 24 October.

The aim of the visit was to provide Aidan and Phil with greater insight into our system wide approach to Patient Safety within the Greater Manchester and East Cheshire (GMEC) footprint. It saw the PSC team engage our visitors with presentations about our work and how it contributes contributes to the safety of patients in our area.

NHS National Director of Patient Safety Aidan Fowler meets the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative for discussions

The visit began with an introduction to Health Innovation Manchester by our Chief Executive Ben Bridgewater, Managing Director Amanda Risino with Jay Hamilton, Associate Director of Health & Implementation and Patient Safety Collaborative Lead

The guests were then introduced to the team and given overview of the work taking place in the patient safety collaborative across the different workstreams – Adoption and Spread, Maternity and Neonatal, Medicines Optimisation and Deterioration.

Bradley Quinn, Insight and Intelligence Lead at Health Innovation Manchester, explained how we are utilising data in Greater Manchester to inform and articulate our work while Senior Communications Officer Lucy Williams explained the communications approaches taken with sharing knowledge and information across our system.

During a networking lunch, Aidan Fowler addressed guests from Health Innovation Manchester and partner organisations about the patient safety strategy and how Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and Patient Safety Collaboratives are “critical” to improving patient safety in the NHS.

Following a networking lunch, the guests then heard presentations from key innovations and partners the patient safety collaborative is working with. This included falls prevention app Safe Steps, theĀ  Greater Manchester smokefree pregnancy project, monitoring frailty within those requiring emergency laparotomy surgery, and utilising the myCOPD app to improve self care for those with COPD.

Click on the images to find out more about the projects showcased during the meeting

James Chapman, Safe Steps, presents to Aidan Fowler and the Patient Safety Collaborative

James Chapman, Safe Steps fall prevention app

Jayne Coyne of the Smokefree pregnancy project presenting to Aidan Fowler and the Patient Safety Collaborative

Jane Coyne, Smokefree Pregnancy project

Dr Andrew Watson, Consultant Geriatrician, Wythenshawe Hospital presenting on Emergency Laparotomy to Aidan Fowler and the patient safety collaborative

Dr Andrew Watson, Consultant Geriatrician, Wythenshawe Hospital, Emergency Laparotomy project

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