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Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 11.33.43A major conference dedicated to improving the safety of patients through collaborative working has been hosted by Teesside University.

The successful event which was organised by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) together with Health Education England in the North East (HEE NE) saw more than 200 healthcare professionals from across the region attend the day in the University’s Centuria building to hear from a range of prestigious speakers reflecting on ‘Improving Patient Safety Through Collaborative Working’.

The keynote speaker was Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement, with other contributors including Professor Ged Byrne, Director of Education and Quality, Health Education England and Dr Seamus O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer of the Allied Health Science Network for the North East and Cumbria.

Jim Mackey, in his keynote address, set the scene for the conference by reflecting on the patient safety challenges facing professionals across the sector.

The conference showcased a variety of successful patient safety collaborative projects from across the region sharing good practice. The delegates were introduced to a series of thought-provoking lectures, interactive workshops and poster presentations from clinicians, students and academic staff.

Linda Nelson, Assistant Dean (Business Engagement and Collaborative Provision) for the School of Health & Social Care, said: “We were delighted to host this prestigious event and welcome so many people to the University and the School of Health & Social Care.

“Patient safety is a vital aspect of care for all health and social care providers and to develop further awareness about the latest examples of best practice and innovative new ideas can only help to inform clinical and educational practice today and in the future.

“Patient safety and collaborative working is a core component of all of our provision and is embedded in both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

“The learning from this event can only enhance the experience and knowledge of our students in the range of courses we offer which include nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography, operating department practice, occupational therapy, social work, clinical psychology and dental practice.”

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