What is Safety in Practice?

Our Aims

  • Reduce preventable harm to patients
  • Create safer more reliable systems
  • Promote a culture of safety
  • Develop quality improvement skills

Safety in Practice supports general practices, community pharmacies and urgent care clinics to make changes in areas where they feel quality of patient care can be improved and made safer.

Practices are provided with simple but effective tools to identify areas of risk, implement and measure change.

Why bother with patient safety?

67% of medication related admissions are considered potentially avoidable [BMJ]

8% of primary care patients reported being given the wrong drug or dose [HQSC]

29% of patient harm is estimated to occur in the community [NZMJ]

IMPROVED KNOWLEDGE

"Our knowledge [of improvement processes] is incredibly improved"

FACILITATING CHANGE

"We feel a lot easier around managing change processes"

INCREASED EFFICIENCY

"Significant tangible improvements in efficiency"

REDUCED WORKLOAD

"Less time chasing up doctors about interpreting somone's results"

IMPROVED PATIENT COMMUNICATION

"HUGE improvement in the ease of communicating with patients around their results"

INSIGHTS INTO SYSTEMS

"Initially the team didn't think there was a problem...this has highlighted how some GPs don't update the medication"

BETTER TEAMWORK

"Improved communication between GP, nurse and patient"

IMPROVED RELIABILITY

"We are now all clear that med rec needs to be documented using agreed shortcut keys"

Clinical modules
Safety culture tools

What does being part of Safety in Practice involve?

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