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

Conner, Tony, 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, 00. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1365-2834

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Abstract

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
Subjects: Sciences > Nursing
Divisions: Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
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Depositing User: John Unsworth
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 10:02
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2020 10:02
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12124
ORCID for Tony Conner: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9762-5573
ORCID for John Unsworth: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2846-411X
ORCID for Alison Machin: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2846-411X

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