Human Factors Conference, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

Professor Peter Brennan and Mark Ponnusamy invited to deliver presentations for the Royal College in Glasgow.

In November, Peter and Mark were delighted to speak at a one day Human Factors conference for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. The event highlighted the the importance of wellbeing for healthcare professionals, interpersonal relationships, flattening hierarchies and the adoption of a no-blame culture.


Professor Brennan spoke about "Medical Error, The Scale of the Problem" and "Personal Factors to Improve Patient Safety" while Mark focussed on "Human Performance, An Integrated Suite of Tools". The conference was a one day event to highlight the importance of wellbeing for healthcare professionals, interpersonal relationships, flattening hierarchies and how to ensure adoption of a no blame culture.


Dr Richard Hull, the event’s co-event director and the College’s Honorary Secretary, explains the importance of human factors in preventing and reducing mistakes: “Never events are simply that. They should never occur. An audit of never events in Wessex showed that the human factors were implicated in over 80% of cases reported....while the NHS environment is very different, we have much to learn to promote safe working in a no blame culture, to ultimately give better and safer health care for our patients. The Human Factors Conference will recognise the relevance of human factors in your day-to-day practice and performance."



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