Patient Safety First Programme

All NHSE Wessex doctors in postgraduate training (doctors) are supported to deliver a patient safety project in the first year of their core or specialty training programme, as part of the Wessex Patient Safety First Programme. This programme is also open to other healthcare professionals.

All Wessex doctors must start the programme by attending the one-day introduction and educational Wessex Patient Safety First – Training Day, which alongside patient safety learning, covers areas such as human factors, leadership and quality improvement tools and methods.

Each doctoris assigned a Patient Safety Champion project supervisor/mentor in their place of employment and carries out their patient safety project over a period of 12 months.

A web-based educational tool was developed by an NHSE Wessex Quality Improvement fellow. Dr Sarah Noble, an Emergency Medicine trainee, developed, in conjunction with NHSE Wessex and external developers, the real-time, searchable, responsive web-based tool as part of her quality improvement project.

This tool aims to facilitate communication and project support for all patient safety fellows and access is given to attendees of the Wessex Patient Safety First Programme, alongside both specialty and trust/employer mentors.

To log in or request access please visit the web-based educational tool

This programme culminates in an annual Wessex Patient Safety First – Conference. The day is an opportunity for participants to produce and display a poster of their patient safety project, in addition to hearing presentations from a number of key note speakers.

Wessex doctors are notified when Wessex Patient Safety First – Training Day event dates are published (annually) and available to book.

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