Darren Tamplin, medical negligence partner at Fairweathers, has been selected as one of the first 22 ‘Patient Safety Champions’ in England and Wales.The project, jointly founded by the NHS National Patient Safety Agency and the charity AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents), is designed to foster collaboration and links between patients, patient representatives and NHS professionals, to share experiences of good practice and to devise and implement programs to accomplish specific patient safety goals.
Darren said “I am extremely proud to have been selected for this highly important role. Partnership between patients and healthcare professions is key to achieving the best possible standards in patient safety across the NHS from frontline GP surgeries to acute hospital Trusts and specialist service centres“.
Darren was selected from over 100 applicants and attended a 2 day induction and planning event in London this week. He and the second Champion for the South East Region, June Hitchcock, met with the Deputy Regional Director of Public Health, Dr Quentin Sandifer, to plan how the collaboration would work in practice. It was decided that discussions between the 2 Champions and the entire Regional Patient Safety Action Team would follow to consider priorities and plans for improving safety across the region.
“A particular focus will be to challenge the culture of denial when things do go wrong and to implement strategies to encourage NHS staff to report all negative outcomes so that lessons may be learned and similar mistakes not repeated. It is also seen as important that areas or teams demonstrating good practice be praised for high standards and supported to develop systems further and share with colleagues more widely” said Darren.
Patients and their experiences are an invaluable source of information to the health service and the Champions will assist individual NHS organisations with their procedures for improving safety and the way in which they involve patients in that work.
One of the most important roles of the Champions is to act as a contact point and source of signposting support for patients who have been affected by medical safety issues or wish to become involved in their local NHS work on patient safety.
Darren said “I am convinced that my experience in assisting patients when things have gone wrong provides me with both broad yet detailed insight into patient safety issues and what can be the devastating consequences of medical errors.“
Any local patients that have specific safety issues to raise with Darren should contact him via email: email@example.com