Author: Suzette Woodward

Safety myths

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The Implementing Patient Safety blog series Part one describes the growing sense of unease about the way we do safety in healthcare and how we can do it differently. It describes the dominant approach to patient safety in healthcare we use today – which has been coined by some as Safety I. Patient safety is stuck in a world of bureaucracy, negativity and blame. The tone and language of patient safety have led to disengagement […]

Implementing Patient Safety

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My second book came out on 10 October 2019, I cannot believe where the time has gone.  I wrote my first book Rethinking Patient Safety but still had so much more to say and wanted to share the learning from the last five years working on the Sign up to Safety campaign. So during our last two years of the campaign I set about writing my second book.  I love writing and I find the […]

Kindness

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I am delighted to share the following guest blog by the lovely Amy Overend. Kindness, it seems like a simple notion doesn’t it?  A simple way of telling another struggling soul that there is love, hope and happiness to be found in the world. More often than not nowadays kindness seems to be in short supply.  The world seems harsh and hard and often it feels like that feeling of joy is missing.  I can truly understand […]

News update from Suze

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Suze here… Just a quick update on what I am up to. I am currently working with the Department of Health and Social Care exploring the challenges and potential changes that could be made in relation to the response to complaints and concerns and when things go wrong.  Exploring how we might do things differently for patients, staff and organisations.  It feels a wonderful way to share and embed the learning from the last five […]

Implementing Patient Safety

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Suzette here. Second book has gone to the publisher. It’s going to be called Implementing Patient Safety. I have combined the thinking of safety II with complexity science and new ideas in relation to helping people work safely. I have then proposed how there are 5 things we have to do now: Create a balanced approach to safety Urgently address the culture of in civility and blame Build a restorative just culture Value the values […]

Book II

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Very excited to share that my second book ‘Implementing Patient Safety’ is nearly finished. This is the second book I have written focusing on patient safety. The first book, Rethinking patient Safety documented the thinking of leading experts in safety. It was called ‘rethinking’ patient safety because while it has widespread recognition across healthcare and there have been a number of developments which provide some hope, there is a growing concern that the efforts of the […]

Everything

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Carl Horsley wrote on twitter just the other day… It’s not about Safety II or even safety, really. It’s bigger than that. It’s about how we work. And it touches on leadership, teams, quality, safety, staff and patient experience. Everything Over the last five years a small group of us have had the privilege of working on the Sign up to Safety campaign. Previous campaigns had focused on disseminating interventions related to individual area of […]

My work as done

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As each placement progressed and as each year passed by I became more and more skilled as a nurse. I learnt by watching and working with some fantastic role models. I learnt to work with multiple different teams and then to lead them. I learnt by doing things over and over again, getting better and better at them slowly and incrementally. I learnt how to do some technical stuff I never imagined I would ever […]

Working safely and competence

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Too often I get a question from the audience which goes a little like this … “It’s all very well all this being kind to one another but what can we do about the people who are useless or lazy or unsafe..” Now I would argue that it is being kind if we help those people deemed ‘incompetent’ or lazy to find something or somewhere that suits their skill set more. It is also being […]

The blame culture

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I have the privilege of going round the country talking with people from all backgrounds and all levels in the NHS. The focus of these conversations is safety. There are three themes that keep coming up. 1. The relentless pressure to increase the number of incident reports together with the consequential investigations is not working. There is no time to do anything else but meet the targets rather than truly learn about what can be […]