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Monitoring & Reducing Medication Errors in Hospitals: High Risk Medicines & Patient Groups, National Conference 2020

Friday 28 Feb 2020

The Studio Conference Centre, Birmingham

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This conference focuses on reducing medication errors and resulting harm in hospitals in line with the WHO Medication without Harm Programme goal to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over the next five years. The conference focuses on prioritising high risk medications and high risk patient groups to enable your interventions to have the highest impact on patient care and reduction in patient harm. The conference  aims to bring together clinicians, managers , medication safety officers and leads to understand current national developments, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas they are facing in improving and monitoring medication safety, and reducing medication errors and harm in hospitals.

The conference will also look at reducing medication errors in high risk patient groups such as older people as identified by the recent HSIB investigation: “Academic research suggests that over 200 million medication errors occur within the NHS in England every year2. Errors were more likely to be noted in older people, or in the presence of co-morbidity and polypharmacy…The average age of patients admitted to hospital is increasing and operational and clinical pressures within acute hospital care may create additional factors that lead to drug errors not being identified in older patient groups. The range of comorbidities and medicines taken by older people increases the complexity of medication prescription and the risk of patient harm when medication errors occur.” HSIB July 2019.

Benefits of attending
This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to reduce medication errors
  • Reflect on the perspective of a patient who is taking high risk medicine 
  • Understand high risk drugs, high risk parts of the medicines use process and patients with the highest vulnerabilities
  • Reflect on how you prioritise interventions in areas that will have the most impact
  • Identifying and reducing high-risk prescribing errors in hospital: implementing the learning from the HSIB Investigation
  • Implement a medication error reduction programme and monitor medication safety metrics
  • Explore how can an understanding of human factors help to reduce medication error and improve medication safety
  • Effectively manage a medication incident investigation and ensure change occurs
  • Understand how to reduce omitted and delayed medicines 
  • Reflect on case studies of reducing medication error in high risk areas including insulin, anticoagulants, frail older
  • people and emergency care 
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

PLUS: There will be an opportunity to hear from Civica UK in the pre-conference supplier showcase session

Dr Peter Cull

Emergency Medicine Consultant & Trust Lead for Human Factors Clinical Skills and Simulation Tutor
Royal Derby Hospital

Dr Haris Karsios

Consultant Haematologist
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience away from their workplace in an intimate environment where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or an exhibition stand, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact carolyn@hc-uk.org.uk for prices and further information, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Getting to the Venue

thestudio is located about 50 yards up Cannon Street (from New Street) on the right or 50 yards down from House of Fraser on the left.
By Rail
There are three railway stations within walking distance of thestudio: Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street. New Street Station is just three minute walk from thestudio.
By Road
There are several car parks within walking distance of thestudio. We recommend either NCP High Street, or NCP Londonderry House both around five minutes walk away. The postcode for satnav is B4 7LN and B4 7LX. The Mailbox car park is also only a 10 minute walk.
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Fee Options

NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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