Patient Safety Training in Mental Health fills gap
TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Patient Safety Institute
(CPSI) and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) are excited to
announce the release of the "first of their kind" patient safety in
mental health modules as part of the Patient Safety Education Program (PSEP—Canada) . These modules offer a crucial opportunity to explore a number of
unique patient safety issues that people dealing with mental illness
face every day when receiving care.
"Addressing existing gaps in patient safety within mental health was a
top priority for us because good care means safe care, and this should
be true for all patients," said Hugh MacLeod, CEO of the CPSI. "For the
first time, the Patient Safety Education Program will offer mental
The five mental health modules identify specific safety issues facing
persons with mental illness, including suicide and self-harm, violence
and aggressive behavior, restraint use and seclusion and absconding.
The objective of each module is to raise awareness of individual and
system factors that contribute to these safety issues, and to identify
the steps and strategies for their prevention.
"Cultivating a culture of patient safety within an organization requires
staff to have the appropriate tools and resources necessary for them to
offer safe, high-quality care," said OHA President and CEO, Pat
Campbell. "For providers who enroll in this program, the brand new
modules offer inter-professional teams excellent support by helping
them understand how to provide the best possible care in often
The PSEP—Canada core curriculum was developed by Northwestern University
to help hospitals strengthen quality improvement and patient safety
initiatives within their institutions. It is delivered as a two-day,
peer-to-peer education event that certifies members of
inter-professional teams as patient safety trainers. The curriculum is
comprised of core patient safety content and effective teaching
approaches to enable certified trainers to share their acquired
knowledge and skills with other members of their team and organization.
Over five years ago, the OHA and CPSI began their collaboration to
address the current issues in patient safety across mental health
settings. Since that time both organization have collaborated on the Patient Safety in Mental Health Research Paper and the Suicide Risk Assessment Guide - A resource for Health Care Organizations.
The new mental health PSEP - Canada modules are publicly available at: http://www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca/English/education/PatientSafetyEducationProject/Pages/default.aspx
About the OHA:
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is the voice of Ontario's public
hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and
partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care
system for all Ontarians.
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a not-for-profit
organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate
implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation
in patient safety. Funded by Health Canada, CPSI reflects the desire
to close the gap between the healthcare we have and the healthcare we
SOURCE: Canadian Patient Safety Institute
For further information:
Tami Harel, OHA Public Affairs