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Consultant Anaesthetist, AMD Patient Safety & Quality Improvement

Ruth O’Dowd

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

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I have worked as a Consultant anaesthetist in North Cumbria for over 10 years. I am now also Associate Medical Director for patient safety and quality improvement.  I am proud to be part of Health Foundation Generation Q Cohort 9.  I am particularly interested in driving forward sharing learning from incidents - and more particularly near misses across specialities and professions.  I am committed to development of a culture of learning and not blame from incidents, and see a Human Factors based approach to investigation as the way forward and involvement, and that breaking down inter-professional barriers is part of this process.

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    We plan to use safety culture cards with all our teams across acute, community and social care to provide a common language and basis to build quality improvement projects across bourndaries.

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