Media Release

Big success of our first patient safety conference

The success of our first patient safety conference could lead to it becoming an annual event.
The full-day event at Knight’s Hill Hotel in King’s Lynn included in-depth analysis on subjects including falls, medical manslaughter and lessons to be learned from the death of pop star Michael Jackson. A wide range of speakers was arranged, some of whom have worked on projects within The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust which have led to improvements in patient experience.

Keynote speakers were James Titcombe OBE, who founded the charity Patient Safety Learning and spoke at length about the loss of his own son and his subsequent involvement with the Morecambe Bay Investigation into the unnecessary deaths of mothers and babies in the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital, and Tim Cooper (former head of hospital inspections at the Care Quality Commission) who focused on building a culture of safety.

Mr Titcombe said: “From the talks I saw I’d say the content was better than many of the national events I’ve been to. Well done to everyone involved.”

The conference was organised by Risk and Patient Safety Manager Debbie Mokate and facilitated by Mark Rose, the Trust’s Deputy Director of Patient Safety.

Mr Rose said: “The Trust wanted to not only reinforce the messages but celebrate the things we are doing well with patient experience.

“The feedback we have received has been incredibly good and we will certainly look at holding another one next year.”

The hope is that in future even more QEH staff could benefit and employees from other regional healthcare providers could also attend.

The title of the October conference being arranged by Team QEH is Learning From Deaths.

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Photo caption: The Trust’s Deputy Director of Patient Safety, Mark Rose (right), with some of the speakers at QEH’s Patient Safety Conference.

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