Kitchen table approach for patient safety at Nottingham Hospitals

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Gathering around the ‘kitchen table’ to discuss and share patient safety stories and experiences could become a regular feature at Hospitals in Nottingham.

A number of ‘Kitchen Table’ events were held at local hospitals as part of the “Sign Up to Safety” national patient safety week.

It saw table clothes brought out and NHS staff from all areas invited to take a seat and talk about what they are doing to keep people safe.

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The events held at the Queen’s Medical Centre and City hospitals proved popular with the Patient Safety Team and Non-Executive Directors at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust joined by staff from lots of different areas.

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Nick Woodier, Patient Safety Improvement Lead for NUH, said: “The team met a wide variety of staff from all professions who openly discussed safety and positive work to create improvement.”

“It highlighted a number of areas of outstanding work including the Learning Café to support overseas staff with their English and the Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s Clinic which is delivering high-quality care.”

“What really came across is that staff are motivated to do improvement work across the Trust, especially when there’s direct benefits to patients.”

“The events went so well we are now keen to make this a regular fixture for colleagues to meet, have a cuppa and a biscuit, and chat safety.”

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