In June 2021, the new ‘Framework for Involving Patients in Patient Safety’ was published by NHS England. This framework sets out approaches and standards that help to make a positive difference to how patient safety is viewed and managed in the NHS.
A key part of the framework introduces Patient Safety Partners; empowering patients and their carers to be involved in their own safety, as well as being partners alongside staff in improving patient safety in NHS organisations.
The main role of the Patient Safety Partner is to ensure that the patient voice is heard within organisations, with the core purpose of improving safety and quality. The following are examples of work that Patient Safety Partners would be involved with:
- Membership of Quality and Safety Committees.
- Review and analysis of safety related information.
- Involvement in patient safety-related projects.
- Participation in investigation oversight groups.
Our Patient Safety Partners will be fully supported in their role and will be provided with ongoing supervision and support. They will also receive training so they are best able to support patient safety in our area.
We recently went out to advert for six Patient Safety Partner roles across mid and south Essex. The deadline for application for these six positions past on Monday 19 December. We will keep you up to date with any future positions available in our area.
For more information about the role, please visit the Patient Safety Partners page on the NHS England website.