Apr 222014
 
Dr Simon Noble

Dr Simon Noble

62% of people in Wales believe that air travel is the main cause of blood clots, according to research we worked on for the Ask about Clots campaign. And it’s a damaging misconception – because there is a far greater risk of develop a clot when in hospital.

In fact, you are 1000 times more likely to develop a clot during or in the 90 days following hospital treatment. That’s why the misconception is a fatal one, because blood clots can cost lives.

Through my work with Lifeblood, we’ve tried to raise awareness that blood clots are the most common cause of preventable hospital deaths. And the more people know about clots, the more likely it is we’ll be able to prevent them.

Ask about Clots Infographic 3 Parts Continue reading »

May 162013
 
Joy Whitlock

Joy Whitlock

I was first introduced to ‘followership’ at a seminar run by Dr Dave Williams. He is an amazing person; an emergency care physician and chief executive of a regional health centre in Canada. And he was a Canadian and NASA astronaut and aquanaut so he knows more than most about safety. 

Healthcare is a high risk environment fraught with potential for errors, some of which have been catastrophic.  Working in it can be challenging and stressful. Active followership can make it better for us and the people we care for. Continue reading »

Mar 282013
 
Mike Fealey

Mike Fealey

I loved my job as a theatre scrub nurse. I had a great relationship with a particular orthopaedic consultant and his team. If you asked me if we were a good team I would reply “definitely”.

So why couldn’t I tell him that he was going to make an incision in the wrong place? I whispered to the registrar to do it but he also couldn’t. Continue reading »

Jan 302013
 
Dr Alan Willson

Dr Alan Willson

Looking back over 2012, one of the highlights of my year was meeting an astronaut, Dr Dafydd Williams.

Known as Dave rather than Dafydd in his native Canada, he was delighted to visit the land of his Welsh ancestors to talk about the similarities between healthcare and spaceflight at a special event organised by 1000 Lives Plus. The event expanded concepts explored by Dave in ‘Achieving Peak Performance’, a white paper published with the support of the Health Foundation. Continue reading »