This Week: Edition 116


It’s the first This Week of 2017! Becky White, Communications Assistant, tells us what’s got the team talking in the first week of the year.

Learning from the Design, Development and Implementation of the Medication Safety Thermometer

Parayaneh Rostami, PhD Research Student here at Haelo has recently had her paper Learning from the Design, Development and Implementation of the Medication Safety Thermometer published in the International Journal for Quality in Healthcare. The online version is now available and the paper edition will be published in the next quarter.

Approximately 10% of patients are harmed by healthcare, and of this harm 15% is thought to be medication related. Despite this, the Medication Safety Thermometer is the only measurement that aids medication safety measurement with a national focus. The measurement of medication errors is complex, requiring many steps. This article explores how the tool was designed, developed and implemented facilitated by a large multi-disciplinary team, using improvement science methods and feedback from users.  There have been over 230 000 patients surveyed in over 100 NHS organisations using 16 different versions and many sub-versions – highlighting the complexities faced.

Parayaneh said “It is exciting to share the story of the Medication Safety Thermometer with an international audience and hopefully the article will help healthcare organisations realise that medication safety is a big problem that must be measured in order to improve, and to help them implement similar innovations to aid improve medication safety! Thank you to everyone who contributed!”

Flood, Sweat & Tears

Our latest community film ‘Flood Sweat and Tears’ celebrates the spirit of Salfordians, in partnership with Salix Homes.

We recently had the first anniversary of the 2015 Boxing Day floods, where hundreds of Salfordians were hit by the worst floods the city has seen in decades. Over the last few months our film team have been talking to people in Lower Broughton, Salford about their experience of the Boxing Day flood, how their lives were affected, and how the community has come together in the aftermath to rebuild. The film focuses on residents from all over Salford who volunteered their time and resources in the relief efforts which was the main inspiration for the team when creating the film. The film has already had over 1,500 views on Vimeo and YouTube. Watch the film below:

Voices From the Frontline: Nurses on Death and Dying

As part of our series Voices from the Frontline: Nurses on Death and Dying documents front line nurses discussing the realities of palliative care. Nurses from Salford Royal Foundation Trust opened up about their training, the beginnings of their careers, the importance of mentoring, first experiences of dealing with a death and going the extra mile.

We have already had great coverage on social media and over 1,000 views on Vimeo and YouTube so please have a watch and share the film with your networks. Watch the film below, read more here or join the conversation online using #voicesfromthefrontline

Check In Now Open for Human Factors Conference 2017

Last Limited Earlybird Tickets Available! 

hfc-fiIn June, a unique UK inter-agency Human Factors Conference, set underneath the wings of the iconic Concorde, will bring together professionals from Healthcare, Aviation and the Fire and Rescue Service.

Date: 22-23 June 2017 (Two day conference, complete with evening dinner)
Location: Runway Visitors Park, Manchester Airport.
Booking: Tickets will costs £250 and book through the Human Factors website.

General sale will resume when early bird tickets have sold out.

Secure your space for £195, usually £250, excluding VAT. You can find out more about the event and guest speakers on the HFC17 website.

Endorsements secured so far include: Civil Aviation Authority and the Airport Operators Association. Confirmed accreditation includes: Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Institution of Fire Engineers. The event partners include: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Airport Fire and Rescue Service, Manchester Airport and event facilitator Haelo.

IS4 Cohort 3 Applications are now open!

Building on the success of our IS4 portfolio, Haelo launched its flagship programme Improvement Science for Leaders (IS4L) in 2015. As a team based training programme in improvement science, IS4L includes a blend of face to face and web-based learning, improvement coaching and site

Participants will have access to international experts in the field of improvement and an opportunity to learn and share with like-minded colleagues. This programme is unique in inviting system leaders and four colleagues from their specialty area to work together on an improvement challenge.

Please note. This cohort 3, will be open to members of the following networks: GM AHSN, MAHSC and NHS Quest. If you are not a member of these networks and wish to get involved, please email

Prospectus and application form are available here.

Save the Date for Haelo Hosts ’17

You don’t want to miss the fifth anniversary of Haelo Hosts!

In November, Haelo will celebrate the 5th anniversary of our annual conference Haelo Hosts! Be the first to know when speakers are announced, agendas are released and tickets go on sale later this year. Register your interest here!

Happy New Year from all the team at Haelo!


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