One of the earliest references to human factors in the healthcare literature dates back to 1957 and calls for equipment to be designed in terms of human capabilities and limitations.
Key thinkers in other industries have argued that by responding to the context, conduct and culture of those being regulated - known as responsive regulation - policies are more likely to succeed.
On 20 February 2013, the Health Foundation hosted a roundtable event to discuss what is understood as ‘safety culture’, why it is important and how it can be measured and monitored.
This NPSA training resource pack provides detailed and practical training to support healthcare workers to identify circumstances and situations in which risks to patient safety are heightened and patient safety incidents are likely to occur.
This research scan from the Health Foundation describes studies examining the link between safety culture or climate and patient outcomes. It asks: what evidence is available about the link between safety culture or climate and patient outcomes?
The Manchester Patient Safety Framework (MaPSaF) from the NPSA is a tool to help NHS organisations and healthcare teams assess their progress in developing a safety culture.