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

Anthony Conner, John Unsworth*, Alison Machin

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1134-1143
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Volume28
Issue number5
Early online date3 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

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