Major conference marks the progress in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin in providing safe care for all patients

The progress made in providing harm free care to all patients in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin will be the focus of an  conference involving the region’s health and social care sector.

Health professionals from across the county and surrounding areas will come together on Wednesday April 2 for the Safe Care Shropshire conference.

The event marks the work carried out so far by the Safe Care: Harm Free programme - a county-wide partnership of health commissioners and providers, independent organisations, voluntary groups and patients representatives launched in 2011 as part of the national Harm Free Care programme.

Linda Izquierdo, Shropshire CCG’s Executive Nurse said:

People join the medical and caring professions to help improve the quality of life of those we look after. However, if the care we provide is less than ideal we can cause harm.

Everyone working in the NHS needs to be aware of these dangers, especially as they are associated with vulnerable people who may not be able to speak up for themselves or raise the alarm.

These risks are largely preventable, and the event will help share good practice and is open to everyone working in the local health economy, which we want to make ‘harm free’. Progress is already being made and events such as this will help improve the position for local patients.

Harm Free Care - a national NHS body - has identified four main ‘harms’ to patient safety: falls: pressure ulcers: catheter associated urinary tract infections: Venous Thromboembolism (blood clots) – and challenged NHS trusts to deliver harm free care to all patients, but with a target of at least 95%.

Safe Care Shropshire will feature a keynote address by Elaine Inglesby-Burke, Executive Nurse Director at Salford Royal NHS Trust, as well as a number of expert speakers who will talk about the harms to patient safety and share best practice on the most effective ways to address them.

The event will also promote the role of Care Makers, part of a wider NHS initiative supporting the 6Cs of nursing – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.