Hazardous Hospitals aims to elicit a wide range of viewpoints and experiences about the historical development of safety in the NHS.
In particular, I would be interested to hear from anyone with previous experience of encountering health and safety risks in hospitals, promoting safety or exposing shortcomings in healthcare quality in the past.
You might be:
- A retired or former healthcare practitioner with insights into the risks facing patients or NHS staff, such as a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
- A retired or former hospital worker with knowledge about safety or hazards in different parts of the hospital, such as cleaner, technician, porter, or member of the catering or estates team.
- A retired or former member of staff with responsibility for safety at an NHS Trust, such as a patient safety manager, clinical risk manager, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, or health and safety officer.
- A current or retired/former member of an official body responsible for overseeing quality and safety in NHS hospitals, for example the Care Quality Commission, National Patient Safety Agency, Commission for Health Improvement, or the Health and Safety Executive.
- A campaigner who has fought for improvements in hospital care.
- A member of an organisation responsible for advocating on behalf of the patient.
- An academic or journalist with insights into how safety has developed in NHS hospitals over the last few decades.
Please note I am currently unable to speak to people currently employed by the NHS (e.g. patient safety managers), although I hope to do so in the near future.
This list is by no means exhaustive. However, if you have feel that you have experiences or knowledge to contribute, please contact me using the following form, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, please follow the project Twitter feed @hazardhospitals, and direct message me through this route.
Important disclaimer: Please note that it is not the aim of this project to investigate complaints about safety or the quality of care provided by hospitals or health care professionals. Rather, the aim of the project is to understand how safety in the NHS has been managed and promoted, and how the concept of safety has evolved. Individuals with concerns about safety or quality of care in the NHS are directed to the NHS complaints procedures, at https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/about-the-nhs/how-to-complain-to-the-nhs/. Hazardous Hospitals: Cultures of Safety in NHS General Hospitals, c.1960-Present has received ethical approval from the University of Warwick Humanities and Social Science Research Ethics Committee.