Training and education provide staff with the knowledge, tools, skills and capability to ensure and improve the delivery of safe care.
Patient safety is a complex area with a range of specialised tools and sophisticated theories, but the principles that underly it are relatively straightforward and applicable to many areas of care.
The key challenges of effective patient safety training and education involve creating practical, relevant and engaging training that is directly applicable to practice and that supports healthcare professionals in their daily work activities.
A range of different approaches to training and education have been developed across many areas of care. These include basic introductory courses for different professional groups, using case studies and traditional class-room based teaching.
More innovative approaches to safety may include rich simulation training in specialised simulated environments where all professional groups train and learn together how to improve the safety of their collective work.
Examples of training programmes
The Foresight training resource pack and Safe Foundations programme from the NPSA both provide detailed and practical training to support healthcare workers in identifying circumstances in which there risks to patient safety and the basic principles to management.