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9/7/2016 4:00 AM

While there is a great deal of hype around New Year's Eve – I'm thinking of the enthusiasm for resolutions, new projects, etc. – for me, autumn is a more significant time for becoming re-energized. It might be a remembrance of all that back to school energy in my life and the lives of my children, or just the Canadian crispness in the air, but autumn is when I take stock of important projects.

In line with this autumn energy, the National Patient Safety Consortium gathers this month for its fourth face-to-face meeting. In 2014, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute brought together key partners in Canadian healthcare and established the National Patient Safety Consortium to drive a shared action plan for safer healthcare. More than 50 participating organizations, including national organizations, provincial and territorial quality and patient safety councils, government representatives, professional associations and patient groups are working to bring a shared vision for change to life. Please have a look at some of the interesting achievements below:

Overall, 60 per cent of all Consortium actions are complete, thanks entirely to the collaboration of the many groups involved. It really is incredible that such diverse groups can come together in such an effective way. In order to have a collective impact, five specific conditions must be met, and I'm proud to say that we are excelling in each:

  1. Common Agenda – agreed upon very early in the process

  2. Shared Measurement – collected and shared quarterly with all of you

  3. Mutually Reinforcing Activities – each action contributes to the overarching goal

  4. Continuous Communication – face-to-face meetings scheduled and attended

  5. Backbone Support – dedicated staff are committed to our success

Positive, long-term change is achievable only when people work together. Thanks to each member, and to everyone committed to positive nation-wide healthcare improvement, the shared vision is not only alive, but well.

Please feel free to contact me personally at to discuss any patient safety issues that are on your mind.

Yours in patient safety,
Chris Power