Paul Vaughan, Director of the RCN in the West Midlands, praised the development of the Serious Incident Network by NHS England in Shropshire and Staffordshire, saying it will optimise the sharing of learning and good practice across hospitals and community health care services.
Mr Vaughan is due to speak at the launch of the network in Rugeley, Staffordshire on 30 January. A presentation on how to reduce slips, trips and falls involving patients will be delivered at the launch, representing the network’s first such information and best practice exchange.
Serious incidents in NHS-funded health care are defined as those requiring formal investigation, including unexpected or avoidable deaths, a 'never event' such as wrong site surgery or allegations or incidents of patient abuse.
'Real benefits for patient safety and care'
"I am convinced there are real benefits for patient safety and care, as well as efficiencies for the health service, that can be gained from nurses and other health care professionals coming together in a network like this," said Mr Vaughan.
"It provides an opportunity for them to compare and contrast their practice and experience in dealing with common patient safety challenges, to share evidence of what does and doesn’t work and apply that learning in their own organisation.
"Providing safe, high-quality care has become an increasingly competitive domain within and outside the NHS, so it is good to see the value of collaboration being realised in the interests of patients."