Journal of Surgical Simulation 2015; 2: A: 2 - 2

Published: 30 June 2015


Oral presentation

Special Issue: Patient safety - defining the problems, how to manage error, and strategies to address them

Tom Smith
Corresponding author: Tom Smith, Patient Safety Lead, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK. Email:


An experiential talk looking at the role of a patient safety lead in a large acute trust, focusing on:

• tools for examining practice and safety incidents, taken in the context of an ever increasing demand for harm free care

• introducing some potential strategies for implementing safer care

• discussing why safety action planning may be difficult to embed and change hard to effect

• introducing the concept of resilience engineering

• exploring the role of simulation in improving safe practice.


Patient safety; resilience engineering; simulation

Additional Information

This presentation was given at "Striving Towards the High Reliability Organisation", Fourth Annual Simulation Conference, Homerton University Hospital, London UK on 11 December 2014.