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World Patient Safety Day at OUH

17/09/2021

Professor Meghana Pandit (Chief Medical Officer) and Sam Foster (Chief Nursing Officer) have sent a personal message to all OUH staff today (Friday 17 September) to mark the World Health Organization's dedicated World Patient Safety Day.

In May 2019, all 194 WHO member states endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day in recognition of the fact that patient safety is a global health priority.

Safe maternal and newborn care is the theme of this year's World Patient Safety Day and so it is fitting that at last week's Trust Board meeting our Patient Story focused on the work of the Oxford Fetal and Maternal Medicine Unit team who support high risk mums and babies in pregnancy.

In their message to staff today, Meghana and Sam said: "Safe maternal and newborn care is the theme of this year's World Patient Safety Day and so it is fitting that at last week's Trust Board meeting our Patient Story focused on the work of the Oxford Fetal and Maternal Medicine Unit team who support high risk mums and babies in pregnancy.

"Compassion and empathy are at the core of the team's work and Maryam and Catriona's stories share the close relationship they developed with the team through challenging and uncertain pregnancies. We would encourage you to read this Patient Story on the Trust website."

Meghana and Sam added: "World Patient Safety Day is the perfect opportunity to remind you of the importance of Safety Huddles - one of our key patient safety related Quality Priorities for 2021-22. Please do take a few minutes to watch our video outlining how Safety Huddles work."

Safety Huddles are an opportunity for staff - both clinical and non-clinical - to come together for a structured conversation based around four simple questions:

  • What went well yesterday?
  • What didn't go so well?
  • What can we learn from this and do differently today?
  • What risks are there for today that need mitigation?