Healthcare white paper now out for consultation
We have just circulated the consultation document for the CIEHF Human
Factors (Ergonomics) in Health and Social Care White Paper.
It’s been exciting to work with Alex and Tina to capture the ideas
from discussions and workshops. We hope that this consultation document
is achieving our project aim for "a new beginning for a common
understanding of Human Factors in health and social care and […] a
reference point for use in the health and social care system".
We address topics such as "Why does Health and Social Care need
qualified Human Factors Practitioners?" by commenting that we believe
that "it is unrealistic to think that clinical leaders or health and
social care practitioners could be trained sufficiently in Human
Factors, whilst maintaining their own clinical competence, to ensure
effective system-wide improvements can be made".
We also discuss what we believe Human Factors IS and IS NOT. So, just
as we are aware of human capabilities and limitations, we also need to
be clear about Human Factors professional limitations. In the UK Human
Factors (Ergonomics) professional standards are set (and regulated) by
the CIEHF and our members sign up to the Code of Professional Conduct.
We provide guidance for commissioning Human Factors input for health
and social care by recommending that "those seeking Human Factors
expertise are strongly advised to employ qualified practitioners
recognised as Chartered by the CIEHF; and check that they have
professional indemnity insurance applicable to their services".
In September we are discussing the consultation White Paper at
meetings across the UK. If you would like to discuss the White Paper as
part of your meetings and can offer to provide feedback, or if you are
interested in commenting as an individual, please contact Sue
(S.M.Hignett@lboro.ac.uk) or Alex (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Feedback is requested by 15th October 2017.
Professor Sue Hignett