The Patient Safety Congress is in Liverpool this week, and the subject of Human factors is to the fore. Back at the front-line we are delighted to report that feedback from nursing staff at one department we have recently trained has reported real improvements in team practice and hence morale -
"Since we attended the Human Factors course, we now, as a department have daily meetings to discuss ‘job’ allocation, so that everybody is aware of what is expected of them during the day. This is working particularly well, everybody is now focussed on what they need to do, rather than overlapping, and tripping over each other,
We also have a debrief at some point in the day, to ensure everything is still running smoothly, and talk about any problems or situations that may have arisen through the day. All the nursing staff are very happy implementing this, and wish as a group to say thanks again."
This was a result of a whole department enjoying a full day of class-based training consisting of:
Ø Introduction to Human Factors
Ø How & why we make errors
Ø Situation Awareness
Ø Decision Making
Ø Dealing with difficult people
Ø Leadership & team-working
Ø Briefing & Checklists
Ø Debriefing for LearningIt was a full day but enjoyable all round. Not bad when you consider it included the whole range of staff from clerks, reception staff through nurses and ophthalmologists! Phew.