The Patient Safety Education Action Plan Co-leads (Canadian Medical Protective Association, Health Quality Council of Alberta, Queens University, University of Calgary, SIM-one, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, Canadian College of Health Leads, HealthcareCAN, and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute) believe that our work in providing the right evidence, resources, and tools will accelerate a forward movement in the field of health profession education. A movement that will equip all educators at every level of the system with the right tools and resources to ensure that ALL health professionals who enter into practice have the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to impact a positive patient safety culture wherever they may be caring for patients. Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Education being the fundamental underpinnings for a new generation of healthcare leaders.
Our focus this last quarter has been primarily on advancing the work around "Capability Building for Healthcare Senior Leaders". The co-leads and working group members contributing to this action are the Canadian College of Health Leaders, HealthcareCAN, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and the Health Insurance Reciprocal of Canada.
Underlying is the need to better understand what education/training/tools/resources senior health leaders in Canada require in order to influence and impact a positive patient safety culture. The approach the team is undergoing is in conducting an environmental scan to identify potential gaps and validate existing resources and programs that may prove to be of added value for this group. "Even though tools for developing a safety culture are available, a common set of best practices is needed. One can envision the development of a "culture bundle," analogous to the bundle of interventions that drastically reduced ventilator-associated pneumonia." (Free From Harm, 2015).
"Patient safety culture is a complex phenomenon that is not clearly understood by hospital leaders, thus making it difficult to operationalize." (Sammer, 2010). The results we aim to achieve are to clarify what is meant by patient safety culture and the senior leader's role in shaping it.