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Reducing Medication Errors National Summit 2018

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

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“NHS England Key improvements for 2017/18 and 2018/19…Reducing medication error. We will also develop plans to reduce the level of medication error across the NHS, ensuring that patients can always be confident that the medicine they are prescribed is the right one for them.” NHS England 2017

“Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems across the world.” Medication without Harm, World Health Organisation 2017

“Medication errors occur when weak medication systems and/or human factors such as fatigue, poor environmental conditions or staff shortages affect prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring practices, which can then result in severe harm, disability and even death.” Medication without Harm, World Health Organisation 2017

The World Health Organisation have recently announced a global challenge to reduce Medication Error by half over the next five years. “We all expect to be helped, not harmed, when we take medication,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “Apart from the human cost, medication errors place an enormous and unnecessary strain on health budgets. Preventing errors saves money and saves lives.”

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 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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