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Improving Patient Safety: After Action Reviews

Wed, 25 Sep 2024

Virtual, Online

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An After Action Review is a facilitated discussion following an event to understand what happened and why, and how it could be improved from the perspective of those who were involved. There is an emphasise on facilitation of active awareness and self learning to lead to lasting change and improvement. AARs are included as an investigation and learning tool under the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF). The morning will be a hands on interactive masterclass which will develop your skills in conducting an AAR using simulated case study AAR examples and facilitated discussion. The afternoon will focus on case study sessions from experts who are using AAR in practice. Topics will include AAR under the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF), walkthrough case studies of AAR in action, the role of human factors in AAR and delivering change. There will be an extended focus on informing and involving patients in AARs in line with national guidance “Many national reports clearly articulate the importance of engaging with patients, families, and staff appropriately after a patient safety incident and involving them in any subsequent investigation.” NHS England

This course is aimed at those who wish to lead and conduct AAR reviews and those who are part of an AAR team. The facilitators for this course will continue the journey beyond the course itself to support and enable you to develop your skills in AAR when you return to your organisation.

“An after action review method of evaluation usually takes the form of a facilitated discussion following an event or activity. It enables understanding of the expectations and perspectives of all those involved and it captures learning, which can then be shared more widely.””

NHS England

“AAR is a structured facilitated discussion of an event, the outcome of which gives individuals involved in the event understanding of why the outcome differed from that expected and the learning to assist improvement. AAR generates insight from the various perspectives of the MDT and can be used to discuss both positive outcomes as well as incidents.””

Patient Safety Incident Response Framework supporting guidance NHS England 2022

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve patient safety through the use of After Action Reviews

  • Learn from outstanding practice in delivering and conducting After Action Reviews

  • Reflect on national developments and learning

  • Attend a whole morning masterclass aimed at improving  your skills in AARs followed by an afternoon with best practice examples

  • Develop your skills as an AAR conductor or a participant in an After Action Review

  • Test your skills through simulated interactive AAR experience and case studies

  • Understand how you can improve facilitation of the AAR discussion

  • Engage and involve Patients and Families in After Action Reviews

  • Identify key strategies for change and improvement

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Speakers include:

Mr Stephen Ashmore

Clinical Audit Support Centre

Ms Tracy Ruthven

Clinical Audit Support Centre Ltd

Mr Julian Hendy

Co Founder & Member and Founder
Making Families Count CIC

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual 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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