The Safe Foundations training programme introduces junior doctors to key concepts of patient safety.
It consists of four modules:
- Principles of human error
- Principles of risk assessment
- Safer systems
- When things go wrong
Module 1 introduces participants to the key concepts and principles of human error. It helps them to identify and classify error types in relation to personal experience and to recognise the significance of human error. Participants may relate causes of error in their own practice and to recognise their role in reducing human and systems error.
Module 2 covers the key concepts and processes of risk assessment. It distinguishes between ‘reactive’ and ‘proactive’ approaches to risk assessment and teaches junior doctors to identify and apply the key elements and principles of risk assessment processes.
Module 3 helps participants to consolidate their knowledge of safer systems and promotes a role for them in absorbing/reducing harm. It helps them to identify approaches to changing systems in order to improve patient safety and develop an understanding of their role as ‘harm absorbers’. They also learn to identify risk factors and risky situations.
Module 4 aims to help participants to describe and rationalise the 'Being Open' process. It also considers the effects of a patient safety incident and helps to identity patients’ needs following this. Root Cause Analysis is also addressed in this module.