Faculty of Patient Safety


Working across the north east and north Cumbria on behalf of Health Education England, the Faculty of Patient Safety sets the strategic direction in delivering the Patient Safety Agenda, with the focus on three main work streams: Simulation, Human Factors, Learning from clinical incidents and never events.  The Faculty aims to deliver education based on the needs of our patients, as well as curriculum requirements in order to improve local patient care eg sepsis and acute kidney injury.

The Faculty works collaboratively with clinical colleagues from all professional groups and university colleagues in a multi-disciplinary, multi professional way to recognise all factors affecting patient safety. The Faculty looks to develop and deliver improvements to education, patient care, fostering innovation and sharing best practice. The Faculty of Patient Safety was established in 2015. 

Reporting into the Faculty are two multi-professional region wide networks for both Simulation and Human Factors.  These networks share best practice and resources where appropriate.  A key responsibility is to minimise duplication and use regional resources in a cost effective manner.

Simulation and Human Factors Networks

The Simulation Steering Group and Human Factors Steering Group were established in 2015 as part of the Faculty of Patient Safety with the aim of setting strategic and operational direction to assure the deliverance of human factors and high quality simulation-based education and multi-professional collaboration in alignment with the Patient Safety agenda within the region. This steering groups includes representation from the region's NHS organisations, postgraduate schools and local education providers.

The  Steering Groups are chaired by Dr Kate Williamson


MELISSA (Mobile Educational Learning Improving Simulation Safety Activities)

MELISSA is a double decker bus designed to deliver training in hard to reach areas or professionals and is available to all organisations within the North East and north Cumbria who are involved in delivering NHS education and training.

Anyone can request MELISSA for training if:

  • It is delivering NHS education/training
  • Improves our trainees/wider work force
  • Improves Patient Safety
  • Promotes training and education in the NHS in the North East and North Cumbria

MELISSA has the following facilities:

  • Space upper deck for clinical suite with ‘control room’
  • Seating area lower deck for debriefing simulation exercises or seated learning. 
  • TVs/AV equipment for presentations and live feeds
  • Simulation Equipment
  • Delirium Educational Tools
  • Interchangable display boards, tailored branding for tours.

It’s a partnership between the North East Simulation Network, ICanPrevent Delirium, Health Education England North East’s Faculty of Patient Safety and Find Your Place in the North East and north Cumbria.

More information can be found on Melissa

Website:                                 https://www.melissabus.co.uk/

Email:                                     melissabus@outlook.com

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