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Pair start supported patient safety masters courses

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network’s Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) is to fund two people to complete Masters degrees at the University of Nottingham.

StudyingClare Ashby and Liz Watson both successfully applied for funding to complete Masters degrees in Quality and Patient Safety Improvement in a programme launched by the National Patient Safety Collaborative.

This programme is designed to leave a legacy of academic rigour and to continue to build capability to address quality and safety challenges.

Each of the country’s 15 AHSNs was challenged to recruit individuals to take part in the programme.

Clare and Liz have now started their studies as a result of their successful applications.

Clare is Head of Safety at Yorkshire Ambulance Service based in Wakefield. She started her NHS career as a nurse 25 years ago and worked mainly at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust where she held a variety of roles including Matron for Infection Prevent and Control.

She said: “My career to date has given me lots of practical experience in patient safety and I am now really interested in reinforcing that with the theoretical and academic knowledge that underpins everything we do.

“I’m also looking forward to using the learning from this course in my work.”

Liz was a Patient Safety Manager at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and is currently on secondment to the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Improvement Academy as a programme manager working on a variety of patient safety initiatives including Achieving Reliable Care and Huddle Up for Safer Healthcare.

She has a non-clinical background and has worked as a health and safety lead focused initially on staff safety before moving into the area of patient safety. Liz has worked extensively in clinical governance, including investigating serious incidents.

She said: “As someone with no academic qualifications, this is a great opportunity for me to back up my practical experience by studying and then applying the theory involved in quality improvement and patient safety.”

Dr Ali Cracknell, Clinical Lead for the Yorkshire & Humber PSC, commented: “We had interest in the funding opportunity from a wide range of healthcare practitioners across the region and will look to connect applicants to our Improvement Fellows network, as well as being delighted to support Liz and Clare in their studies.”

  • Both Clare and Liz will be writing blogs about their studies and the progress they are making.