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New patient safety training materials launched in England

By DTA | 8th November 2021 | News

New patient safety training materials have been launched in England. Some elements are expected to be completed by NHS employees, even those in roles which are not patient-facing. Completion of the training will help to ensure health and care services are as safe as possible for patients and service users.

The first two levels of training materials are available on the e-learning for healthcare hub . All NHS staff are encouraged to complete the first level, 'Essentials for patient safety'. Level two, 'Access to practice' is for those who have an interest in understanding more about patient safety and who want to go on to access the higher levels of training. Levels three to five of the training are expected by the end of March 2022.

The training has been devised following the publication of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy  which contains a patient safety syllabus . It sets out a new approach to patient safety emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care while also including systems thinking and human factors, all of which has been incorporated into the training. The materials have been published by Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement, The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and e-learning for healthcare.

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