Human factors are all the things that make us different from logical, completely predictable machines. How we think and relate to other people, equipment and our environment. In simple terms it’s the things that affect our personal performance.
The Clinical Human Factors Group’s (CHFG) vision is of a healthcare system that places an understanding of human factors at the heart of improving clinical, managerial and organisational practice leading to significant improvements in safety and efficiency. Our manifesto for change targets three areas:
Our deepest thoughts go out to the family and friends of Karen Woo, member of the CHFG standing group, who was killed whilst on an aid mission in Afghanistan.
CHFG welcomes the latest NHS White Paper entitled ‘Liberating the NHS’ which explicitly positions patient safety at the heart of healthcare.
New Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP recently referred directly to the work of the CHFG in his maiden speech regarding the NHS.
The Clinical Human Factors Group raised its visibility recently with a stand at the Patient Safety Congress 2010.
The CHFG welcomes the House of Commons Health Committee report into Patient Safety.
28–29 September 2010 – RAF Museum, Hendon, London
30 September 2010, central London
4 November 2010, Grovenors’ Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital
11–12 November 2010, Swiss Grand Bondi, Sydney