Patient safety is a key priority for the RCP. We believe there must be a shift in the NHS from a place where there is an assumption that care is safe until something goes wrong, to a team working environment that minimises the chances of harm, builds in safety to daily practice, and is open, supportive and facilitates learning when error occurs.
What we are doing
The RCP works in a number of ways to improve patient safety:
- Influence the national agenda on patient safety to ensure that the regulatory, policy, and political landscape supports physicians and their teams to deliver safe healthcare.
- Support physicians and their teams with the information needed to identify risks to patient safety or a patient safety incident.
- Build the capability of physicians and their teams to work together for safer care, including responding to identified patient safety risks or incidents.
- Support physicians and their teams to review systems and processes and build prevention into their local healthcare system.
- Support doctors who have been affected by or need to raise patient safety issues.
- Clarifying national priorities, and work with others to support implementation.