Friday, 04 May 2018
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) on Friday 4 May to meet over 100 frontline staff to talk about patient safety and to hear first-hand from staff about their passion for patient safety and the continued improvements that have been made at the Trust.
Speaking to frontline clinicians, Mr Hunt spoke of the importance of honesty in the NHS, and how a willingness to learn from mistakes can greatly improve patient safety. The Health Secretary continued to say that he was incredibly proud of the work done by all staff at SWLSTG to facilitate a culture of learning and transparency.
Speaking about the visit, Chief Executive David Bradley said: “It was a pleasure hosting Jeremy Hunt and hearing his ambitions to ensure that the NHS is recognised as the safest healthcare system in the world. I’m extremely proud of the work that we have done at SWLSTG to improve patient safety but we must never be complacent. We will continue to challenge ourselves to be open, honest and transparent in all that we do.”
“The work of mental health staff can be amongst the most challenging in the NHS, and when we don’t get things right, it is our absolute duty to learn and improve for the people who use our services.”
The visit came as part of a series of visits the Secretary of State is making to NHS Trusts across the country. During his visit, he met with a cross-section of staff including nurses, doctors, Allied Health Professionals and those from non-clinical roles.