NHS Lothian in UK first for patient safety

NHS Lothian is involved in a UK first on patient safety, the board of the healthcare organisation will be told today. (WED)

Respected independent experts the Health Foundation is providing £130,000 for efforts to provide safer clinical systems.

NHS Lothian was chosen from a shortlist of 20 UK healthcare organisations in winning the funding.

The grant will be used to improve the management of clinical information and documentation.

The board will be told today (Wed) that the Health Foundation views managing patient information as a key aspect in ensuring patients receive the best possible care.

Dr Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian, said:

"I am delighted that we will be working with the Health Foundation in this UK first. We are working hard to make a safe system even safer and this project will support our efforts to provide even better patient care."

The paper notes:

"Feedback indicates that NHS Lothian's commitment to continuous quality improvement and patient safety, together with our track record of delivery, were key factors in the Health Foundation's assessment of our plans.