25 Oct 2019
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.
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, the 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.