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Reducing Medication Errors National Summit 2018

Wednesday 18 April 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Reducing Medication Errors National Summit 2018

This event has now past, but there may well be news on the event including presentations and quotes from the day at our News pages here, a full list of our forthcoming events is available here.

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A recent study by university academics in Manchester, Sheffield and York identified more than 230 million medication errors a year that took place in the NHS. On average, 712 deaths a year were definitively linked to adverse drug reactions being the main cause of death. The number of deaths where medication errors played a part ranged from anything between 1,700 to 22,303.

"We are seeing 4 to 5 deaths every single day because of errors in prescription or dispensing or the monitoring of medications" Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaking to BBC, Friday 23rd March 2018 

Recommendations have been published for a programme of work to tackle medication error and improve medicine safety following a recent study by university academics in Manchester, Sheffield and York published today which identified more than 230 million medication errors a year that took place in the NHS. On average, 712 deaths a year were definitively linked to adverse drug reactions being the main cause of death. The number of deaths where medication errors played a part ranged from anything between 1,700 to 22,303.

The Medication Errors: Short Life Working Group report makes recommendations for a programme of work to tackle medication error and improve medicine safety.

Further information and the full report available at https://www.gov.uk/ 

This timely Summit aims to bring together clinicians, managers and medication safety officers and leads to understand current national developments, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas they are facing in improving medication safety and reducing medication errors in hospitals.

Following International and National Update sessions, key areas will focus on implementing the national recommendations, effective reporting of medication incidents, managing a medication incident investigation and ensuring change occurs, supporting staff, reducing medication errors in practice, developing a medication error reduction programme, using medication safety huddles, learning from patients and focusing on high risk drugs. There will also be focus on reducing harm from missed doses, omitted and delayed medicines.

100% of delegates at our last conference on Reducing Medication Errors would recommend the conference to a colleague.

Benefits of attending

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to reduce medication errors
  • Improve your skills in the reporting, investigation and learning from medication errors
  • Effectively manage a medication incident and ensure change occurs
  • Proactively reduce medication errors before they occur
  • Reflect on lessons from Patient Safety Collaboratives reducing medication errors
  • Understand how to work with staff to reduce prescribing errors and improve prescribing competence
  • Identify key strategies reducing harm from missed doses, omitted and delayed medicines
  • Developing your skills in root cause analysis and investigation of incidents
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

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