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9/13/2020 6:00 PM

The Safety CompetenciesFor those seeking an interprofessional patient safety curriculum guide, look no farther than the Safety Competencies Framework 2nd Edition. The Framework serves as a roadmap for health professional educators to create their own contextualized patient safety curricula for their programs and for professional development.

The Safety Competencies Framework is composed of six Domains and Key Competencies, which are put in practice with Enabling Competencies and elements outlining the associated knowledge, skills and attitudes required.

In this new, updated edition, the original six competency domains are only slightly revised, but significant changes have been made to the competencies and elements falling under each domain.

The second edition embeds new content on patient/family engagement, leadership, quality improvement, and cultural competency. Three case studies demonstrate how the competencies framework can be used by educators.

"The original Safety Competencies Framework has endured over time. It was foundational in establishing consistent safety language and translating emerging patient safety and quality improvement evidence to action," says Gina De Souza, Senior Program Manager at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. "The revised Framework will help to ensure consistency in teaching safety and quality improvement. It will support and guide the creation of curricula and educational approaches, with the aim of developing learners who can demonstrate competence in safety and quality improvement."

In order to produce the updated framework, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute made broad stakeholder engagement a priority. A Steering Committee was led by two co-chairs from different health professions, and more than 60 volunteers served as members of the Steering Committee and Domain Working Groups, as Content Experts, and as external reviewers. Committee members represented a cross-section of health practitioners from multiple disciplines familiar with patient safety science (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and emergency services), Indigenous communities, and representatives from Patients for Patient Safety Canada.

"We are grateful to our two co-chairs, Ruby Grymonpre (College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba), Deborah Tregunno (School of Nursing, Queen's University) and Project Consultant, Pierrette Leonard for their leadership in developing the second edition," adds Gina De Souza. "We set out to produce this version in collaboration with Patients for Patient Safety Canada and their members played an integral role on both the Steering Committee and Domain Working Groups in highlighting the importance of patient engagement in ensuring safe care."

The Safety Competencies Framework 2nd Edition is available at