The National Patient Safety Consortium's fourth national gathering held on September 23, 2016 in Ottawa was the largest to date. It brought together a diverse group of 100 stakeholders, all committed to improving patient safety in Canada. Participants included representatives from nine provincial ministries and one territorial ministry of health; Health Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Public Health Agency of Canada for the federal health portfolio; professional associations, provincial quality and safety organizations, and many patient representatives. This year, the Consortium meeting was preceded by a full-day Leads Group meeting, the results of which helped shape the agenda and conversations at the Consortium.
The two days were full of vibrant discussion and passionate engagement. Overall, meeting evaluations were positive, with 84% agreeing that that meeting objectives had been met. Highlights of the day included:
- Patient partners celebrating patient engagement with the Consortium and urging action for safe care;
- Thought-provoking presentations by an esteemed International Expert Panel, bringing insights from Scotland, the United States, and Canada;
- Leads Groups' sharing on the progress of the Integrated Patient Safety Action Plan over the past year, with presentations and discussion on recommended priority actions to accelerate patient safety in their respective areas; and
- Ideas for ways to deepen collaboration and focus energies in the final 18 months of the Integrated Patient Safety Action Plan, including leveraging actions with health ministries across Canada.
Throughout the two days, there was a persistent drum beat around the crucial importance of partnering with patients and families and acknowledgement of the leadership role played by Patients for Patient Safety Canada– to paraphrase international expert panelist Dr. Brian Robson, "Patients will define the future of patient safety in Canada."
The Steering Committee will also be meeting in December to review the Consortium meeting and plan for 2017.
As of Q2, 54% of Consortium actions are already complete, 17% are currently in progress, and 29% are scheduled to start later.