Health care commissioners, regulators and the public are increasingly aware of the issue of patient safety during surgical procedures. Initiatives such as the WHO Surgical Checklist and the ‘Never Events’ framework have reinforced the importance of this. Institutions not adhering to patient safety standards will experience direct financial consequences both in reduced tariff, lost revenue and direct compensation following litigation. Sustained human factors education and training in other ‘high reliability’ industries has resulted in fundamental changes in the behaviour and performance of teams underpinning reliable and safe practice. Sending a team from your institution on this course will clearly demonstrate a commitment to the patient safety agenda. A motivated team consisting of a senior surgeon, anaesthetist, theatre practitioner and anaesthetic assistant / operating department practitioner completing this course will acquire skills and knowledge to initiate change in your organisation.
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- improve patient safety in the operating theatre
- understand the role of human factors on the team and individual performance
Learning outcomes and ISCP
By the end of the course the participants will:
- Be able to define, describe the relevance, observe and feedback on human factors
- Have a tool to describe non-technical skills relevant to their professional role
- Be able to apply this tool to an observed performance
- Be able to describe the principles of effective feedback
- Have developed a process to help with evaluating a situation and decision making
- Understand how individual team roles contribute to team behaviour
- Understand the value of team brief/debrief and use of checklists to enhance patient safety.
- Have gained familiarity in applying an observational tool for non-technical skills
- Be able to identify opportunities to improve team briefing and debriefing
- Be able to identify opportunities to use these in their practice
- Be able to use the observational tool in a clinical setting
- Have a strategy to implement the tools and techniques covered throughout the course in their practice.
- Have planned change in their practice to improve Patient Safety
- Have identified the barriers to change and formulated solutions to these
Miss Bryony Lovett
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Basildon University Hospital
Human Factors Tutor at The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Professor Bryn Baxendale
Professor of Clinical Simulation, School of Psychology, Univ. Nottingham
Consultant Anaesthetist, Nottingham University Hospitals
Human Factors (Simulation) Tutor at The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Target Audience / Suitability
Open to operating teams (four members per team) ideally one surgeon, one anaesthetist, theatre nursing or technical staff (ie scrub nurse/first assistant and an anaesthetic practitioner/ODP) at any level.Am I suitable?
- Interactive lectures
- Self-directed study and observations
- Practical workshops in a simulated environment
‘It is great to have a course that focuses on patient safety in relation to human factors, and that it is a multidisciplinary course.’
‘I really enjoyed the course, have taken away lots of ideas for my workplace and feel really inspired to try and implement some of the concepts of the course.’
‘Overall it is an excellent course that will definitely alter how I practice.’
‘Congratulations with the faculty for organising such a useful course.’
‘A well organised course which provided a simple framework to use in theatre in terms of Human Factors.’
‘The theatre set up allowed an ideal learning environment allowing the team to place themselves in their work environment and work through the issues in a much more practical/real life way, far superior to the class room setting, I wish I could send all of my staff on the course!’
‘The course particularly with role play helped to identify the possible approaches in dealing with situations and helped focus the team to go back to our trust with some plans.’