Chris Hancock

Time: 02:40PM – 03:10PM 

Topic: Improving Patient Safety in Healthcare in Wales

I am a patient safety advisor and improvement leader working in the Welsh NHS. An original member of the 1000 Lives Patient Safety Campaign core team from 2008, since 2010 I have managed the Global Sepsis Award winning Rapid Response to Acute Illness (RRAILS) Acute Deterioration programme. This initiative has enabled clinical teams throughout Wales to improve the identification and treatment of the causes of acute deterioration with particular emphasis on sepsis.

As an important step in this project, I managed the implementation of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) as the standard in all acute Welsh hospitals by 2013, the first large healthcare system in which this was achieved.

Prior to this, from 2006 to 2008 I led the Welsh Critical Care Improvement Programme (WCCIP), showing that reliable implementation of care bundles in all Welsh ICUs was associated with sustained reductions in central line infections.

I have sat on the Expert Advisory Groups for the NCEPOD ‘Just Say Sepsis’ Study, the NPSA ‘Matching Michigan’ Study and the European Union IMPLEMENT Programme. I am a Fellow of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and sit on the National Outreach Forum (NOrF) Executive Board.

My background is in critical care nursing and clinical education with a particular interest in patient safety, quality improvement, measurement, behaviour change and human factors.

About the Speaker
Chris Hancock
  • Profession
    1000 Lives Improvement
  • Company
    Welsh NHS