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Improving Patient Safety under PSIRF: Thematic Reviews Skills Development Course

Fri, 6 Dec 2024

Virtual, Online

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

“A themed review may be useful in understanding common links, themes, or issues within a cluster of investigations or incidents. It will seek to understand key barriers or facilitators to safety using reference cases…Grouped incidents, for example from the same portfolio like pressure ulcers, falls or deteriorating patient, may benefit from a themed review because they take the same safety concern and identify different reference cases and contexts. This helps the organisation make sense of the safety concern at different points of the system and with different aspects of variability… Outputs of themed reviews can highlight these problems and identify safety recommendations. Themed reviews may provoke more questions than answers, and therefore may be best placed to link in to a quality improvement project for ongoing monitoring and PDSA-style improvement cycles. A themed review should be viewed as a diagnostic tool to help diagnose problems in the system, and therefore doing a themed review should always result in some improvement efforts after this diagnosis.

Dr Samantha Machen Head of Patient Safety Incident Response University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust Themed Review Template

This conference will enable you to:

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

  • Learn from outstanding practice in delivering and conducting Themed Reviews

  • Reflect on national developments and learning

  • Understanding when thematic reviews are useful under PSIRF

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

  • Develop your skills in writing thematic reviews including deductive and inductive thematic analysis, triangulation of information and understanding potential barriers

  • Test your skills through simulated thematic reviews case studies

  • Understand how you can improve learning from thematic reviews

  • Engage and involve Patients and Families in Themed 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:

Dr Samantha Machen

Head of Patient Safety Incident Response
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Ms Nancy Dixon

Healthcare Quality Consultant
Healthcare Quality Quest Ltd

Mr Julian Hendy

Co Founder & Member and Founder
Making Families Count CIC

Mr Mike O'Connell

Legal Services Practitioner and Interim Senior Inquests Manager
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience 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 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 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 Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

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(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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