Going The Extra (Royal) Mile

Project Manager Stuart Kaill, representing the Safer Salford programme, travels north of the border to the Measurement and Monitoring of Safety event.

The setting for today’s Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Framework (MMSF) was so beautiful it left me kicking myself for not booking some leave and making a weekend of it in Edinburgh. Dynamic Earth – accessed by a short walk down the capital’s impressive Royal Mile and sits adjacent to the Scottish Parliament, just under the imposing Arthur’s Seat, up which you could observe tourists zigzagging their way in glorious early morning sun. When I see cliffs like this, I’m always urged to investigate more closely. But I had a job to do and I resisted the temptation to ditch my bags and head for the hill (I read later that rock climbing is banned on Arthurs Seat due to the risk of dislodging loose rocks onto unsuspecting tourists!).

The purpose of my visit to this lovely city was to ‘sell my wares’ at the event’s mid-morning marketplace. There were six market stalls in total, each manned by teams testing implementation of the MMSF (aka the Vincent Framework). Attendees could choose to visit 3 stalls during the marketplace session to find out more about each programme. In Salford, we are taking a ‘whole health economy’ approach to testing and implementing the framework with the ambitious 2-year Safer Salford Programme. Additionally, the three improvement programme work streams of Safer Salford offer further approaches to using the framework: sector-based (care homes), process-based (handovers) and subject matter-based (medicines).

I had the privilege of setting my stall up in the ‘turret’ which made for an atmospheric setting for my presentations (some people must have wondered what they were walking into!) There was a good deal of interest in Safer Salford particularly on Safer Leadership (how do you engage non-execs with the MMSF?) and Safer Intelligence (how on earth do you build a measurement system that can be used with the framework?!) Fortunately, for all of our work streams I was able to signpost people to our ever-growing website to read reports, view details of events we have held and play with the Safer Intelligence dashboard. If you haven’t looked at the website in a while, it’s had a lot of updates recently do please check it out.

The rest of the day was interesting and clearly an extremely useful forum for people who are new to the framework. As Prof. Jason Leitch put it in the Q&A session, there aren’t many people who would disagree with the concepts of the MMSF but what definitely isn’t set in stone is HOW you should implement it. I hope today’s event has given attendees food for thought along these lines.

Speaking of Prof. Leitch, his opening sessions was certainly a highlight. After welcoming the English contingent with light hearted cross-border banter (welcome to Scotland, the 2nd best country in the world according to Rough Guide (England doesn’t feature in the top 10)), Prof. Leitch gave a brilliant explanation of situational awareness and the difference between prevention and prediction using the unexpected analogies of terrorism and street robbery.

If you are interested in attending one of the next MMSF events or participating in one of the monthly phone calls hosted by the Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Programme, visit http://www.howsafeisourcare.com/get-involved.html.

The Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Programme is a collaboration between Haelo, AQuA, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy.