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Healthcare Management: The Management of Patient Safety

  • Start date: 01 May 2010
  • End date: 30 April 2012

One in ten NHS hospital patients are harmed during their care, and one in 300 will die as a consequence.  The estimated cost of avoidable harm is estimated at around £3.5 billion a year in additional bed days and negligence claims.  This highlights the importance of improving patient safety in hospitals (and other healthcare settings). 

Over the past decade patient safety has come to the fore in relation to hospital performance, and the Department of Health has launched a number of improvement programs.  However, the take up and implementation of these programs has been slow, and inconsistent, and there is little evidence of improvement.  There is a lack of research on the relationship between organisational structure and patient safety. 

This project will examine the structural response of organisations to the demand for improvement in patient safety outcomes.  We will use a case study approach, focussing on those organisations that have already demonstrated improvements in performance.  In particular, we will examine cases that are part of the 1000 Lives Campaign in Wales.  The results of this project are expected to be relevant to both the academic and practice communities.