On 17 September 2020, we celebrated World Patient Safety Day.

Each year, World Patient Safety Day aims to enhance understanding of patient safety worldwide and increase public engagement in patient safety. The call to action for this year’s event held on 17th September was to “Speak up for health worker safety!” buildings around our hospital were lit up in orange as a sign of gratitude to our health care staff.

Workforce Engagement and Wellbeing is one of our PSTRC’s four major research themes. We recognise that when staff feel safe at work they are better able to deliver the kind of compassionate and safe care that patients want and deserve.

On the day, Professor Marcus Rattray hosted a special edition of the Research Matters radio show on BCB radio which focused on World Patient Safety Day and was joined by Professor Rebecca Lawton to talk about the importance of patient safety research. You can listen to the broadcast here.

In this welcome message to the day, our PSTRC Director Professor Rebecca Lawton explains why the safety of the healthcare workforce is critical in the drive to enhance the quality and safety of care.

In our second film to mark the day, the Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Mel Pickup, explains why the safety of our staff is paramount in the delivery of care and why this is an important issue for patient safety research.