Patient safety

Patients for Patient Safety Workshop

London, UK

27-30 November 2005

Patients for Patient Safety, one of six action areas of the World Alliance hosted a workshop for patients and consumers in London 27 - 30 November 2005. The workshop run in conjunction with the EU Summit on Patient Safety which the UK hosted as part of their presidency of the EU. Participants had the opportunity to attend parts of the summit and learn from global experts in patient safety. The opening day was held at the UK Department of Health, Whitehall and then the workshop was integrated into the EU event at the Queen Elizabeth all Conference Centre, Westminster.

Patients for Patient Safety is designed to ensure that the perspective of patients and consumers in both developed and developing countries is a central reference point in shaping the important work of the Alliance. Patients and their lay caregivers see things that busy health care workers often do not. It follows that safety will be improved if patients are included as full partners in reform initiatives, and learning can be used to inform systemic quality and safety improvements.

The workshop, which is just the start of the Patients for Patient Safety work, will bring together patients and consumers interested in working, in a voluntary capacity, in partnership with the World Alliance for Patient Safety as specially designated champions for advancing patient safety. Over time, its is envisioned that these patient safety champions will advocate on behalf of patient safety and the work of the World Alliance in their own country and region; help develop a worldwide network of consumers and consumer organizations active in patient safety and provide consumer input and perspectives into other action areas of the Alliance.