I hold a Non-Executive Director role at a local NHS Trust. I chair the Trust Boards sub-committee on Quality and Safety and I am immensely proud of the achievements of all of those who work so hard to ensure patient’s safety is put first and foremost at the centre of the care that is provided. Over many years I've been associated with the NHS, I have been exhorted on numerous occasions to look at how the airline industry has successfully developed an approach to quality and safety that many organisations could do well to emulate. And there is good reason to. There is only a 1 in 9785 chance you will die from a airplane crash, whereas there is a 1 in 7 chance of dying by heart attack or 1 in 672 chance of death occurring as a consequence of walking.
I found quality and safety featuring large in my world last week. On Tuesday afternoon I was on the 8th floor of St James House in Salford. The view across what is a rapidly changing and rejuvenated city-scape of Salford to the Manchester city centre sky line beyond was wonderful. I was there to interview the short-listed candidates in the innovation category of this year’s Salford Business Awards. The University and Salford City Council have a long association with these awards, and this was the second year running I was asked to be part of the judging panel. It is a great privilege and I always find it very interesting to hear about the various innovations submitted for consideration.