Launch of the Patient Safety Education Program Mental Health Modules

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 health content."

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 challenging situations."

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:

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.

About CPSI:

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 deserve.

SOURCE: Canadian Patient Safety Institute

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Tami Harel, OHA Public Affairs

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