NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Annual Symposium 2019

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Crowne Plaza Manchester - Oxford Road

55 Booth Street West


M15 6PQ

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What is this event about?

This symposium will provide an exciting opportunity to learn about crucial patient safety issues from leading experts.

The event’s speakers are decision-makers, and senior researchers who will cover key topics of local, national and international relevance, including:

  • Artificial Intelligence and patient safety
  • Transitions of care and patient safety
  • Avoidable harm and patient safety
  • Unique health and social care infrastructure in Greater Manchester

A poster presentation will showcase some of the pioneering work underway at the three NIHR-funded Patient Safety Translational Research Centres in England. It’ll give attendees an insight into the innovative work that’s taking place and how it’s making a difference to the safety of patients.

There will be time to network and speak to our experts as well as speakers and panel members.

Who are the speakers?

All our speakers are leaders in their fields, who’ll explore the overarching themes of artificial intelligence, care transitions and avoidable harm, topics that really matter and make a difference to patient safety.

Find out a little more about our speakers:

Aidan Fowler is National Director of Patient Safety for NHS Improvement. He gained a wealth of experience during his roles as Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and Director of the 1000 Lives Improvement Service at Public Health Wales.

Aidan will share valuable insight into Patient Safety Improvement in the NHS.

Richard Preece is Executive Lead in the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. His team promotes quality of care experience, innovation, productivity and prevention by driving transformation through systems that make it easy to get it right (and hard to get it wrong) and focus on learning.

Richard’s giving us an insight into work around Safety Leadership across the health and care system.

Anita Burgun is a Professor and Hospital Practitioner at Paris Descartes University specializing in Biostatistics and Medical Informatics. She is also head of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Necker Children's Hospital and Georges Pompidou European Hospital. Her main interests include integration of large-scale health data as well as data driven and ontology driven decision support.

Anita will join us to present on Artificial Intelligence and patient safety.

Karina Aase is a professor in patient safety and Centre Director for SHARE, Centre for Resilience in Healthcare, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger, Norway. SHARE is Norway’s largest multidisciplinary research centre within the field of healthcare quality and patient safety boasting more than 40 affiliated researchers, as well as numerous national and international collaborators.

Karina’s research covers safe work practices, learning systems, care transitions, and resilience in healthcare, and puts her in a great position to speak on care transitions.

Tony Avery is Dean and Head of School at the School of Medicine, the University of Nottingham and is a part-time GP. He became the Director of Research for the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine in 2013, and his research interests include primary care research, nature and causes of prescribing errors, adverse reactions to everyday prescribed drugs and electronic prescribing systems.

Tony will share his expertise on avoidable harm and primary care.

Madina Kara is a Senior Programme Manager in the Central Commissioning Facility of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Madina will provide an update on key NIHR activities and initiatives.

Who is this event for?

The symposium is for anyone working in healthcare who would like to learn more about the developments in patient safety and what the future could look like in this area.

It will be a great opportunity to hear about ongoing research as well as opinions from experts in their fields.

Those who may find the event of particular interest include, health researchers, healthcare professionals and healthcare professional bodies, policymakers, healthcare organisations, patients and carers.

Places are limited to 120.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Who are we?

The NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC is a patient safety research centre based at the University of Manchester, working in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. We have been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to carry out translational research investigating patient safety in primary care and transitions of care. The work we’re doing is being adopted by the NHS and is making a real difference.

Our four areas of research are:

  • Medication Safety - exploring how the prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines within and between healthcare organisations can be improved
  • Safety Informatics - developing information systems and using routine healthcare data for better understanding of patient safety.
  • Safer Care Systems and Transitions – looking at the safer movement of patients between healthcare settings.
  • Safety in Marginalised Groups: Mental Health, and Patients and Carers - co-designing and testing healthcare interventions to improve the safety of marginalised patients.

Below are some of the projects that the Greater Manchester PSTRC has been working on, which are having, or will have impact on patient safety in healthcare. Once tested by us, they can be passed on to organisations that specialise in bringing evidence-based interventions in to the healthcare landscape:

  • SMASH - a web application that, using pre-defined ‘prescribing indicators’, shows pharmacists and GPs lists of patients that are potentially at risk from the medications they are prescribed. Following a Salford-wide test stage, this intervention is now being piloted nationally by Connected Health Cities.
  • A patient safety guide, which will be used by patients and carers to take control of their healthcare to make sure it is as safe and effective as possible.
  • Helped to develop a learning resource for trainee pharmacists, which was sent to 67,500 trainee pharmacists as part of a national patient safety campaign
  • Carried out the first study to look at self-harm in children and young adults from a general practice perspective, unlike past research which has been hospital-based. Findings from the study were published in BMJ and have been widely publicised in the media, as well as being referenced in an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention

Please note: photography will take place at this event, which may be used in future NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC, University of Manchester, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, NIHR or Department of Health and Social Care promotional materials.

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