Cumulative stress, compassion fatigue and trauma due to experiences with patient safety incidents impact the mental wellness of our healthcare providers. These factors contribute to inadvertent patient care errors, mental health issues and attrition which compromise patient safety. A peer support program not only simply helps healthcare workers with their experiences with patient safety incidents but also improves the system and help make patient care safe.
Creating a Safe Space: Addressing the Psychological Safety of Healthcare Workers manuscript and the
Canadian Peer Support Network are intended to assist healthcare organizations create peer-to-peer support programs (PSPs) to improve the emotional well-being of healthcare workers and allow them to provide the best and safest care to their patients.
The Creating a Safe Space: Addressing the Psychological Safety of Healthcare Workers manuscript provides a comprehensive overview of what peer support is available in Canada and internationally. The Manuscript outlines best practice guidelines, tools, and resources that policy makers, accreditation bodies, regulators and healthcare leaders can use to assess the support needs of healthcare workers. The
Canadian Peer Support Network is intended as a forum for healthcare organizations seeking guidance in the development of their Peer Support Programs to assist providers who have experienced a patient safety incident.
Disclaimer: The Canadian Peer Support Network is not intended as therapeutic support between, or amongst, members It is for informational purposes only.