Patient safety from executive hospital management to wards: a qualitative study identifying factors influencing implementation

Conner, Anthony, Unsworth, John and Machin, Alison (2020) Patient safety from executive hospital management to wards: a qualitative study identifying factors influencing implementation. Journal of Nursing Management, 28 (5). pp. 1134-1143. ISSN 0966-0429

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Aim: To examine the journey of safety initiatives from executive hospital management to ward.

Background: Hospital management teams are often responsible for identifying safety priorities and ensuring delivery of these.

Method: Naturalistic study design within a large NHS Hospital Trust. Using semi‐structured interviews, focus groups and secondary data analysis, the study examines the implementation of safety initiatives.

Results: While hospital management developed five safety initiatives, only one of these (falls prevention) was actually seen to permeate all layers of the organisation. Other initiatives stopped one layer down. Both middle management and ward staff added to the list of initiatives developed, resulting in 16 priorities. A range of positive and negative influences to successful implementation are identified.

Conclusions: Safety initiatives need positive reinforcement at all levels to be addressed appropriately. The research suggests that a model related to improvement science may prove useful in ensuring that priorities are addressed.

Implications for nursing management: Care should be taken to ensure that safety initiatives are successfully implemented at all levels within an organisation. Identifying priorities with staff and sharing values and priorities are a key approach to leading such initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: implementation, initiatives, safety culture, safety priorities
Subjects: A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
B700 Nursing
B800 Medical Technology
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 13:36
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2022 14:57

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