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Professor Bryony Dean Franklin theme lead at new NHS Trust research centre

Professor Bryony Dean Franklin, Director of the Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality is part of a team awarded over £7.2M for a translational patient safety research centre at Imperial College NHS Trust.  As well as being Director of the Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality, Professor Franklin is Executive Lead Pharmacist for Research at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Two research centres will receive a share of over £13 million funding to help make the NHS a safer place for patients; Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will receive just over £7.2 million, and NHS Greater Manchester will receive just over £6.2 million. The money, which comes from the National Institute for Health Research, will be used to advance and refine new ways of improving safety in hospitals, GP surgeries and in the community. Research carried out at the centres will benefit patients by reducing prescription errors, improving diagnosis of cancer and rare diseases, and reducing accidents during surgery. Professor Franklin will be one of the theme leads in the new Centre, and the Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality will be one of the organisations under the new Centre’s umbrella.

Examples of projects that will be carried out at the research centre will include:

  • Various interventions to prevent medication errors, including better ways of providing feedback to prescribers on their prescribing errors, and the effective use of technology such as electronic prescribing systems. This builds on work previously carried out at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, such as the patient-held ‘medication passport’ developed in collaboration with North West London CLARHC, and an online educational package shown to reduce medication administration errors.
  • better safety standards for surgeons to reduce the chances of accidents occurring during surgery. A team at Imperial College HealthCare NHS Trust will look at ways of building and improving upon the existing World Health Organization surgical safety checklist, with the aim of introducing new measures to improve surgical teamwork and reduce errors.

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley said:

‘Keeping patients safe is a vital part of better Healthcare. New ideas can really help NHS staff to improve processes and make care safer and of high quality. Our research in these world-leading centres will help us to achieve among the safest services anywhere.’

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health said:

‘These centres are world-class in the highly specialised field of translational patient safety research, and were chosen by a panel of international experts.’

‘Their work will result in new ideas, techniques and approaches being adopted across the NHS to improve patient outcomes.’

The research centres are partnerships between universities and NHS Trusts. This reinforces the relationship between researchers and clinicians, and helps make sure that new ideas make the leap to the clinic or ward.

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