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We’re learning from excellence

The Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative supported clinical colleagues in our region to come together on 15 October to learn and support each other in learning from excellence.

In the past, patient safety has focused on learning from errors and adverse outcomes. By also looking at what goes well through mechanisms such as ‘learning from excellence’ and ‘excellence reporting’ we can create new opportunities for learning and improving healthcare.

Reporting excellence event imageThe event at the University of Reading launched TREx: Thames Valley Reporting Excellence. This is a new community and network of healthcare professionals who champion excellence reporting.

This vibrant event, attended by over 80 healthcare staff from a wide range of backgrounds and organisations, sought to promote learning from each other about the best ways to start excellence reporting in clinical settings – and for those already learning from excellence to explore how to make the most of excellence reporting and how to sustain the work.

gold medal imageWe enjoyed a programme filled with people with experience in positive practice and ‘appreciative inquiry’, practical experience in setting up ways of learning from excellence in clinical settings and the psychology of learning from excellence.

We also explored excellence from other fields outside of clinical care, including an inspiring talk from Royal Berkshire orthopaedic surgeon Mr Richard Dodds. He was the Great Britain men’s hockey team captain at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and made many people’s day by passing around his gold medal for all to see and hold!